The temperatures are dropping. There is a crisp smell in the air. Pumpkin spice everything is available and you’re either wearing crimson and white or navy and burnt orange. While some embrace the fall season approaching, it has quite the opposite effect on those with seasonal affective disorder.

seasonal affective disorder

Signs and Symptoms of SAD

The National Alliance of Mental Health states that symptoms usually begin in late October or early November and last until the end of March or early April. Individuals suffering from more severe SAD may not really feel quite like themselves again until May. Let’s take a look at some common symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Having a depressed mood nearly all day every day
  • Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy doing
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Decreased energy
  • Irritability/agitation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Extreme fatigue

Can Seasonal Affective Disorder be Prevented?

Although SAD might not be 100% preventable, there are steps you can take that could be beneficial. Get outside! Even if it’s cloudy, fresh air and daylight can boost your mood. Exercise at least three times a week. Keep your social life alive. Stay in touch with your friends and social groups. It’s important to have support during these difficult months. Stick with a healthy diet. Our bodies crave sweet and starchy foods during this time, especially the holidays. If you eat a balanced diet packed with vitamins and minerals, your body will have the energy it needs and ward off the sluggish, sleepy feelings. Lastly, be proactive and seek help. Seeking and getting depression treatment can also help you understand your feelings.

Garrett Counseling Can Help

If you are experiencing more than typical seasonal affective disorder, you may need help with depression counseling. Our skilled team is standing by ready to help you navigate the seasons with hope through depression treatment for seasonal affective disorder. Take that first step to enjoying the seasons, not dreading them. Call (256) 239-5662 or click today.