Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of disorder that occurs seasonally. People suffer particularly in the Autumn & Winter, when the days are shorter and there is less daylight.
Symptoms of this disorder can include;
- Low mood
- Lack of motivation
- Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- Loss of libido
- Tiredness or feeling lethargic (lacking in energy)
- Sleeping for longer periods and struggling to rise in the mornings
- Craving carbs and gaining weight
Most people are affected by the change in seasons and experience improved moods when the sun is shining and the daytime is longer. But, those with SAD (1 in 20!), experience far more severe symptoms.
One recommended way of treating Seasonal Affective Disorder is with light therapy. This has been medically proven to improve symptoms of SAD within a week of exposure. The Doctor may also recommend it to you.
Whilst I don’t struggle specifically with SAD, I do struggle with the ‘winter blues’. This time of year is always a lot tougher for me, as my anxiety and depression really peaks. So – this year whilst struggling with my mental health, I decided to try light therapy.
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