Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder Therapy

MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION: Depressive Disorder

This form of depression, often occurring during the late fall and winter months, shares symptoms with Major Depressive Disorder but is distinguished by its seasonal pattern.

Exploring the Characteristics of Season-Related Depression:

Characterized by depression that aligns with seasonal changes, this condition usually starts in the fall and continues through winter, affecting energy levels and mood.

Symptoms similar to those in Major Depressive Disorder include:

  • Persistent feelings of depression throughout most of the day, nearly every day
  • Perceptions of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Low energy levels
  • Dwindling interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Feeling sluggish or agitated
  • Diminished sexual energy (libido)
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Additionally, season-specific symptoms might include:

  • Hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness or drowsiness)
  • Overeating tendencies
  • Weight gain
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Social withdrawal or a penchant for “hibernation”

Although this disorder can significantly affect one’s life during certain times of the year, with effective treatment and lifestyle adjustments, individuals can manage the symptoms and maintain their emotional well-being.