Written by: Kathy Fett, Director, Agnesian Work & Wellness
Believe it or not, daylight savings time will soon be upon us. With daylight savings time, comes darkness and sometimes Seasonsal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression with symptoms starting in fall and continuing through the winter months.
Some symptoms of SAD that you might notice:
- feeling depressed
- low on energy
- loss of interest in activities you typically enjoy
- sleeping problems
- changes in appetite and/or weight
You should see a physician or provider when you are down or sad for days and have lost all interest in activities you once enjoyed; or, when you have changes in appetite and or sleep patterns.
Treatment for seasonal affective disorder may include light therapy (phototherapy), anti-depressive medication and psychotherapy (talk therapy). Lifestyle and home remedies can also help, which include opening your house to more sunlight, taking a walk and exercising regularly.