Don’t be SADBy TheStudentGuide
Winter is the time when SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is most common.
Also known as winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, summer blues, or seasonal depression, SAD is a mood disorder which sees its sufferers in normal mental health the year round apart from winter (or summer) when they experience depressive symptoms.
SAD is a common disorder and its sufferers can often feel alone and as though they aren’t suffering from a disease however experts now recognise SAD as a disease which should be treated.
The US National Library of Medicine notes that
Some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and may also feel depressed. Though symptoms can be severe, they usually clear up.
However there are treatments for this form of depression including some easy steps that you yourself can try:
- Make time to go outside — a walk to the shop or around you local park can be a literal breath of fresh air
- Take regular exercise
- If you are inside, try to position yourself near to windows and fresh air
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Introduce lights to your home. Lamps, candles and fairy lights are pretty extras which can really brighten up a room
- Do not put yourself under too much stress, particularly around exam time
- Talk to people — tell family and friends how you are feeling, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel after sharing
There are also several methods of treatment your GP will offer you. These include antidepressant medication, physiological treatment and light therapy. If you are interested in any of these, the best thing to do is to pop along and see your GP.
For more information, advice and answers, visit the SAD.org.uk website.