As we transition from summer into fall, you may begin to notice you feel a little down. It is normal to feel the “winter blues” as the weather becomes colder and the days become shorter. For some, this time of year is especially tough due to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), commonly known as seasonal depression. SAD occurs when the seasons change, but typically when summer transitions into fall. This disorder is a form of depression that can affect one’s daily life, including one’s thoughts and feelings.
5% of adults experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, while 10%-20% of individuals may feel a milder form, known as the winter blues. This disorder affects many people who live in climates with extended periods of sunlight. Symptoms of SAD may include feelings of anxiety, depression throughout the day, lack of energy and fatigue, trouble concentrating, irritation or agitation, and trouble sleeping.
Tips for Coping with The Start of Seasonal Affective Disorder:
Remember, feeling a bit down during the fall months can be completely normal, but if these feelings are impacting your daily life or you feel that you have symptoms of SAD, please contact your doctor to find treatment options that might work for you. If you find yourself needing more support, reach out to us or another counselor near you!
Brielle Tamburri, M.S.