Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a well documented and widely know mental health condition. It affects us most north of the equator, and is a conversation I have often with patients and friends. We casually mention the onset of low mood and a marked decrease in energy - so why are people still less likely to seek help? I myself was one of those people.
The truth is that SAD is a circumstantial onset of depression that can manifest in many ways - not just “sadness”. Common symptoms include irritability, low energy, lack of motivation, withdrawing behaviour from social engagements, self-doubt and many more. Having been in this same position, why do we surrender to this, instead of seeking help?
First line of therapy in conventional medicine is anti-depressants (SSRI's are common) and counselling. I feel this is perhaps one of the bigger barriers. I understand the resistance to medication, I myself felt this was the biggest barrier to care. However, what I failed to realize or accept was it is okay to supplement and treat your seasonal affective disorder as circumstantial depression. Because that is what it is.
A combination of all of the following will yield the best results, but I have listed them in order of importance.
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