Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter but people also report of SAD in summer as well. For some people, these symptoms can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day activities. Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • a persistent low mood
  • a loss of interest in normal everyday activities
  • irritability
  • feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
  • craving carbohydrates and gaining weight

Here are some tips below in how to manage S.A.D:

  1. Try out an S.A.D lamp
  2. Limit news
  3. Take time for yourself
  4. Stay connected with friends and family
  5. Plan your week
  6. Help other
  7. Stay active
  8. Write a positives diary
  9. Ask for help if you need support