As we brace for the dropping temperatures and more darkness many are beginning to notice a drop in their mood. If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), then you are one of these people.
Seasonal affective disorder is talked about more as the winter months approach. SAD is often experienced as the daylight hours shorten and our body’s begin chaining the production of serotonin and melatonin. If you have SAD, you may experiences symptoms to extreme mood changes in the winter such as sleeping too much or too little, having little or no energy, losing your appetite and many more.
Physical symptoms tend to be the first sign of SAD which may include tiredness, more painful headaches, changes in sleep pattern, and changes in appetite. Next people begin experiencing the emotional symptoms which we commonly call “winter blues”.
Symptoms of SAD may consist of:
Many people in the Bold North may experience these symptoms in the winter months and not realized it is caused by a lack of sunlight. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the impairment it creates in your life there are different options in how to combat SAD.
Light therapy: sitting in front of a light box for 30 minutes a day during the winter month, it has shown to improve some peoples negative symptoms.
Therapy has been shown to be one of the best treatments for seasonal affective disorder.
If you suspect you or someone you know may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder, or even the holiday stress contact Lighthouse Counseling Ltd to schedule an appointment. We will help you beat the blues of the Bold North.
Kayla completed her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN after obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Winona State University. Kayla completed her internship at Lighthouse counseling working with individuals, families, and couples. Her professional experience has included personal growth counseling with college students, inpatient counseling with adolescents, as well as adult clients. As an a clinician Kayla uses a framework of cognitive behavioral therapy, Gestalt therapy, and family systems.
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