Fall: Shorter Days, Cooler Weather & Seasonal Depression-How to Avoid It
Seasonal Depression or Seasonal Affect Disorder is defined by the National Institute for Mental Health as “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD”
(NIHM 2016, Seasonal Affect Disorder, retrieved September 12, 2019 from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/seasonal-affective-disorder/index.shtml.)
What does Seasonal Depression look like? Hibernating and all the factors that go into it! Sleeping more than the average you need, over eating, isolating, low energy, withdrawing, and low motivation are just a few of the factors.
Who is affected by Seasonal Depression? Females are diagnosed higher than males, younger adults and children are also affected. Generally genes can play a role, but sometimes it can just be the change in the weather.
So how can we avoid it or be prepared for it? Increase your amount of Vitamin D during the summer, supplements, getting outside, take a vacation! Keep your physical activity up. Seek some support if it is needed. A little therapy can go a long way. Self care!!