Autumn setting in and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

It is September, and Autumn is setting in. The nights are getting darker earlier. For some people, there is a drop in mood at this time and they may suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) setting in. This is depression that sets in seasonally, and occurs repetitively at a particular time of the year, most often Autumn/Winter, and with improvement in the Spring when there is more light. The symptoms are similar to those of normal depression, and can vary in severity for different people.

Improvements can be seen with therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, antidepressants and/ Light Therapy. Suitable treatment may vary from person to person and according to what works best for them and their personality style.  The good news is SAD can be helped. It is also important to eat well and healthily to maintain healthy brain function. It may be helpful to take a vitamin D supplement due to the decreased sunlight. Low vitamin D can be part of causing low mood. Please see the blog archive for posts on Nutrition.

Talking walks can help with mood, and Autumn is a time of great beauty with lots of colour in the leaves. Talking a short daily walk may help some people.

If you suffer from SAD do all you can to help yourself and get help. Even small steps. And remember ‘This too shall pass’.

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