Seasonal Affective Disorder

“Getting blue as the days grow shorter? Sleeping a lot during winter but feeling even more tired? Turning to bread and pasta for comfort during cold weather? If these symptoms describe you or someone you know, it may be due to a major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern, better known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). For people who struggle with this condition, turning to medication probably isn’t the best course of action. Here’s why…

Joseph Burgo, PhD, Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder

Six months ago I relocated back to the northeast after 8 years of living in the desert.  Fortunately, it was summer when I arrived here on the east coast. I thought I would be okay. After all I grew up here with snowstorms, stalled cars, and even a cracked windshield during college after heavy snow and ice swept through the northeast. I know how to deal with this! But I think the warm summer weather gave me temporary reassurance and misleading optimism. You don’t really know until it hits.

Growing up I always felt a sort of blue gloom during the winter months. As a teen I thought I was the only one who experienced this sort of low. Now that I’ve talked to enough friends and colleagues I realize that I’m not the only one who suffers from a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder. For anyone who experiences the emotional fallout from harsh winters, this article is incredibly helpful. Click the link below to read the rest:

Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder

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