Seasonal Affective Disorder: What You Need to Know

By McKensie Shiner

It’s getting to the time of year where pool parties and summer fun comes to an end. While fall is still a season where going outside is possible, the lack of sunshine and frequent rain can be a downer on your mood.

While it’s normal to feel upset, many are able to embrace the change of seasons without much haste. With fall comes pumpkin patches, football games, holidays, time with family, and even back to school, which is fun for some!

However, for others, this change of season can lead to seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as seasonal depression. Here’s what to know about the disorder and how to not let it get the best of you.

Seasonal affect disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that usually affects people around the same months each year - fall through winter. This disorder can drain your energy and make you moody. It can also cause trouble sleeping, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, and weight gain or loss.

So, what do you do about seasonal affective disorder?

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as flipping a switch in your mind or bringing back the warmer weather that allows us all to do many activities we love. Additionally, everyone is different and needs to be treated as individuals, not as a whole.

The best thing to do about SAD? Seek help.

While SAD typically only lasts a few months, getting a few months behind on school, work, fitness, or any other goal you have is enough to compromise all your efforts. By speaking to a therapist on how to better treat your SAD, you can stay on track and find ways to cope better.

Counseling by the Sea is here for you as the warm weather slips away. Don’t think you have to live with seasonal affective disorder - contact us today for help.