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Seasonal Blahs or More Serious???

Seasonal Blahs or More Serious???

When I began writing this Blog, it was 60 days, 15 hours, 42 minutes, and 26 seconds until Spring 2017! Unfortunately, many people are experiencing the negative effects of too many cold, overcast dreary days, and lack of sun. It is normal to feel a little blue this time of year; however, when symptoms begin to interfere with how you

perform in expected roles for a two-week period, it could be a form of depression AKA Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). An important hallmark is that sufferers usually experience symptoms during a certain season of the year. The most common occurrence is during the fall and winter seasons when outdoor activity is reduced. The good news is that when the season passes, symptoms usually resolve; however, symptoms can range from mild to severe.

For mild cases of SAD where symptoms have minimal impact on daily, responsibilities, get more light during the day by opening the blinds or curtains and letting in as much light as possible. Intentionally socialize with family and friends; depression thrives on isolation. Take a walk at least once a day.

If you have experienced several of these symptoms during the same time of year for a minimum of two seasons, you may be suffering from SAD or another Mood Disorder.

  • More difficult to focus on task
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Increased tiredness/fatigue
  • Greater appetite for carbs (potato chips, cookies)
  • Lack of interest in regular activities
  • Increased irritability
  • Greater need for sleep
  • Increased anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Hopelessness
  • Thoughts of suicide

For more serious symptoms, help is available. You can find more information:

  • For all medical or life threatening emergencies please call 911
  • Contact your Medical Provider
  • Robeson County (Referral Service)
  • Eastpointe Access Center (800)913-6109
  • National Alliance on Mental Health Helpline (800)950-6264
  • National Institute of Mental Health (800)662-Help (4537)

You may also be able to find help at SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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