Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common issue for many when the seasons change, usually in winter. The cause is due to less sunshine and Vitamin D. In addition, it’s colder and you have the holidays to contend with which can lead to a slippery slope of unwanted sad feelings. SAD is a real issue and it’s not just the blues. It is a form of depression and classified as a mental illness. Some sufferers have mild to no symptoms of depression other times of the year, but when this season comes around it affects their mood drastically. Some of the treatments for SAD are light therapy so that a person gets the vitamin D that makes them feel like they’ve been in the sun and happier. Also normal anti-depressant medication and talk therapy help.
SAD can even go along with normal mental illness and depression that can be under control other times of the year but during certain seasons becomes unbearable. I can speak from experience having depression normally, but from the time frame of October until February it’s a very vulnerable time. I have been hospitalized in winter season due to the stress of holidays and being not able to do much because of weather and factors. It makes a person sad and if you are already sad, it can be overwhelming. During those time frames, I have felt the need to boost my medication and found it extremely helpful.
If you see the same pattern in a family member or you take steps for self-care. If you know what normally helps with your depression add it to your regime and keep it in practice. Also let your support system know and try not to isolate yourself because that’s also a factor that makes SAD harder.