Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This entry is intended to raise awareness of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression that presents during seasonal changes. Most commonly it occurs in the Fall and Winter months, but may also happen in Spring and Summer.

Everyone has some days when we feel down, but if you are feeling depressed for days on end (or longer), lack motivation, don't enjoy the things you normally would, are constantly agitated, don't want to be around anyone, are turning to substances for comfort or coping, and/or having harmful/suicidal thoughts; then it is time to see a doctor, a psychiatrist, or seek other professional aid.

A few things you may try doing yourself include:
-Make your space sunnier/brighter by opening curtains and windows (let in some fresh air as well)
-Get outside and be active (maybe try to do some fun things)
-Do relaxing meditation or listen to some upbeat music

Please take note and call:
1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-442-4673

To read more about SAD @ The Mayo Clinic