For most people on the east coast, winter is not over yet. While March is here, many of us are still experiencing winter’s harsher elements and battling the emotional fallout. I’ve shared my own experiences of dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Until the shared the post, I didn’t realize just how many suffer from it. SAD affects roughly 10 million Americans (1 in every 30 people in the U.S). I battled those winter blues without much support, until now.
Dr. Jesse Viner of the Yellowbrick Treatment Center has put together a comprehensive guide, which shines an important light on Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Since there isn’t very much research around SAD, many myths about the disorder are prevalent. For example, many people who believe they’re suffering from SAD may only be experiencing the winter blues, a milder depression that’s usually treatable by being more active. Psychologists have also posited that people experience SAD symptoms because they associate colder weather seasons with a traumatic event or having to limit activity because of the weather.
While true cases of SAD are somewhat rare and the disorder is tough to diagnose, SAD is a serious depressive condition that’s recognized by professionals as a legitimate mental disorder. However, SAD doesn’t entail suffering from other depressive conditions, such as clinical depression or bipolar disorder. With SAD, you ONLY experience depression seasonally and must have had depressive episodes during the last two consecutive winters.
For even more coverage and resources on Seasonal Affective Disorder, please visit the Yellowbrick Treatment Center here.
Remember the end of winter is just around the corner! Hang in there!