Do you feel your mood darkening as winter approaches? Are you sleeping more and feeling depressed most days? If so, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a form of depression that occurs as seasons change. The signs and symptoms of this disorder appear around the same time each year, and they can seriously limit a person’s quality of life. SAD is more than just a case of the winter blues — it is a serious condition. Fortunately, it is also treatable. This post identifies some of the best ways to deal with seasonal depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Signs and Symptoms
SAD is most common as summer turns into fall and winter. If you experience any of the following symptoms during this time of year, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Low energy level
- Emotional sensitivity
- Feeling lethargic or “heavy”
- Food cravings and weight gain
These are just some of the signs of SAD. If you experience any symptoms of depression during the fall, winter, or any other season, seek medical help. Do not be embarrassed or afraid to speak with your doctor about feelings of hopelessness, or thoughts of suicide. Depression is a serious condition, and there is invaluable help available to those who look for it.
Treatments and Medication
There are several treatments available for Seasonal Affective Disorder. These are some of the most common:
- Light boxes
Light boxes are designed to copy the appearance of natural light, which triggers brain chemicals that affect your mood. The decrease in natural light during the fall and winter months can negatively affect your mood, and these boxes counteract that. Light boxes are available at most pharmacies without a prescription.
- Antidepressant medication and therapy
Speak with your doctor about whether antidepressants are a good option for you. They may not be necessary in all cases, but they can be helpful when your SAD symptoms are severe.
Psychotherapy can also be helpful. During this kind of therapy, you speak with a therapist about the stresses and negative thoughts that may be contributing to your depression. A good therapist will help you identify ways that you can cope with stress and practice more positive thinking.
Disability Benefits for Seasonal Affective Disorder
If the symptoms of SAD affect you so severely that you cannot work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. These benefits help people support themselves when their medical conditions prevent them from earning money. If you are experiencing this, contact a disability lawyer at Summit Disability Law Group today!
At Summit Disability Law Group, we are committed to helping disabled Utahns win benefits. We will meet with you for a free initial consultation to discuss your case and its chances of success.