Our mental health center reveals five different ways to battle seasonal affective disorder (SAD or seasonal depression). Seasonal affective disorder is a mental condition that typically takes effect on its sufferers around winter each year when everything gets dark earlier.
The lack of sunshine and bright light during the day may bring on this type of depression. Many people feel more down and less energetic in the absence of sunlight, but SAD is marked by more severe symptoms like anxiety, extreme lethargy, depression symptoms, weight gain, oversleeping and a loss of interest in activities you were once interested in.
Many clients at mental health centers can benefit greatly from being prescribed antidepressants. Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression and the chemicals in the brain are thought to be the source of the problem. In some cases, antidepressants are prescribed just before the winter season as a preventative measure, or to lessen the symptoms when times get dark.
Psychotherapy at a Mental Health Center
Psychotherapy can be very useful in overcoming SAD. A counselor at a mental health center can help you work on your mood, behavior and negative thoughts, which can assist in the fight against SAD. Your entire approach to the issue and mindset can affect the results of treatment. There are many different types of psychotherapy, and you can experiment to find the one that works best for you.
Light therapy involves sitting in front of a light box for a specified amount of time per day to battle SAD. These boxes vary in size, light type, intensity and so forth and they’re sold over the counter or via doctor recommendations. Newcomers to light therapy are encouraged to speak to a doctor at a mental health center before deciding on a specific light box to use in treatment.
It seems as if exercise has a great effect on nearly every mental health ailment. Exercise assists with fighting SAD as it does for general depression. The serotonin boost brings on more of those feel-good feelings that we love. The decision to be active even with the lethargy of depression is a great way to face negative feelings head on.
Get in Touch with Nature
In the brief hours where sunlight is present, try to get outside and enjoy it as much as possible. Opening the blinds/curtains during those hours is important as well to enjoy as much of the real thing as possible before darkness quickly approaches. An hourlong afternoon walk has proven to be very effective in helping many individuals with seasonal affective disorder.