Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you find yourself with a case of the winter blues, you don’t have to just live with it until spring. Like other types of depression, people can benefit from seeking help for SAD from a licensed clinical psychologist. At Blair Wellness Group of Beverly Hills, Dr. Blair offers comprehensive counseling, therapy, and depression treatment services to assist clients with finding relief from their symptoms so they can live a more fulfilling life all year-round.
Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder
For many people, symptoms start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses. Although much less common, some people experience summer-pattern SAD where their depression symptoms only occur during the summer months.
SAD symptoms are similar to those associated with other forms of depression but may include some additional symptoms and they only usually last for a few months out of the year. The following is a list of some of the most common symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Persistent feelings of depression most of the day and most days of the week
- Low energy
- Little interest in things that you once enjoyed
- Insomnia or hypersomnia (oversleeping)
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in weight
- Difficulty thinking or making decisions
- Social withdrawal
Risk Factors of Seasonal Affective Disorder
There are several risk factors that may increase your chance of getting Seasonal Affective Disorder. First, it is often more common in people who suffer from other forms of depression or personality disorders or who have a family history of mental health disorders. Second, SAD tends to be more common in people who live in places where there is a decreased amount of sunlight during the winter. This is because research indicates that sunlight is involved in the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood. Although SAD can affect just about anyone, it is more common in women and young adults.
Treatment For Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder affects everyone differently, but it can pose the same types of complications as Major Depressive Disorder. Left untreated, SAD can lead to substance abuse, eating disorders, failure to follow through with responsibilities, and relationship issues, among other things.
One of the most common forms of treatment for SAD is light therapy. It involves exposing a person to very bright light for 20 to 40 minutes a day to help compensate for the reduced exposure to light during the winter months. Although this treatment may provide some relief, it often isn’t enough to eliminate the symptoms and prevent them from coming back the following year. Psychotherapy is a better option for long-lasting, effective results.
At Blair Wellness Group of Beverly Hills, we can help you overcome the symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder and show you how to prevent them from returning. We offer concierge-style treatment services that allow greater flexibility for our clients including the option to direct-pay for services and schedule appointments seven days a week.
Don’t suffer through another season, contact Blair Wellness Group in Beverly Hills for depression treatment including treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Call 310.999.4996 today to schedule an appointment.
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