Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a type of depression that sufferers experience during particular seasons or times of the year. Although we typically associate this with the colder and darker months, it can happen both in winter and in summer.
Of course, it’s common for many people to sense a shift in their mood in certain weather conditions, and many also find that both their appetite and sleep patterns can vary as one season rolls into another. However, whilst many people prefer the longer, brighter days of summer, and find that the warmth and light of the sun has a positive and uplifting effect, for some these seasonal changes are noticeably more extreme. For those suffering from SAD, the inevitable shift into darker and cooler days brings with it a more significant and heavy depression, that can have a considerable impact on their day-to-day lives.
If you find yourself struggling with depression, whether or not it’s seasonal, it’s okay to ask for help, and you don’t need to wait to see if there’s a pattern. Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatments available from talking therapies to a variety of complimentary therapies. So, if you or someone close to you would like the help of a professional, please feel free to get in touch, and I’ll be happy to assist you in finding the right solution for you.