Unlike other depressive conditions, the moods and behavioural symptoms of SAD only occur at certain times of the year.
If you experience SAD during the winter, you are more likely to notice weight gain, oversleeping, loss of libido, difficulty in concentrating and low self-esteem.
Researchers do not completely understand the cause of SAD but contributory factors appear to be serotonin and melatonin levels, lack of sunlight and lack of vitamin D. The condition also tends to affect more women than men.
There are a number of treatment options available for SAD, including light therapy and medication, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychotherapy.
During psychotherapy sessions, a client would learn coping mechanisms and how to identify and change unhelpful negative thinking patterns. This can help the client to feel more in control and able to cope with what the dark days of winter.
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