As daylight fades away, and days become shorter, Seasonal Affective Disorder, everyone’s “favorite” mental disorder comes back.
Are you feeling down for some reason or having trouble waking up in the morning? Well, chances are that you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a mental condition that usually debuts in early November and fades away when Spring comes around the corner.
According to Mental Health America, an NGO which helps individuals cope with their mental illnesses, Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a mild form of depression that is related to the end of Daylight savings.
Everyone’s bummed out about going to work in the morning and leaving at night, but people with SAD have a harder time coping with the situation. Basically, SAD stems from our brain’s inability to get things right after turning back the clock one hour.
The thalamus, an important brain formation, is basically your body’s timekeeper. He tells you when it’s time to get out of bed and when to park it after a hard day of work, by secreting hormones. When autumn comes and we have to turn back our clocks, the little man living inside our heads is somewhat baffled and struggles to make the appropriate changes.
There are some individuals who have no issue dealing with less light and there are those prone to what is called Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Keep in mind that feeling the blue every now and then doesn’t mean that you suffer from SAD. In fact, medical specialists have argued that a definitive diagnosis can be established if the patient has mood disorders three years in a row, starting in autumn and ending in spring.
Furthermore, this disorder has very specific symptoms. Below you will the most important of them.
- A mild to severe depression usually brought forth by feelings or misery, despair, guilt, and apathy. People suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder also exhibit a low self-esteem.
- Anxiety and tension.
- Extreme mood swings, sometimes as severe as mania.
- Disruption of sleeping routine. Some patients suffering from SAD have trouble waking up in the morning and they feel tired all day.
- Generalized fatigue.
Usually, Seasonal Affective Disorder can be treated with light therapy and psychotherapy. As the MHA notes, the first symptoms of SAD usually occur at the beginning of November and fade away during the first week of March.
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