Feeling SAD? It may be Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Now, in the midst of the winter months, have you become suddenly unhappy without apparent or clear external changes in your life circumstances? If so, it might be a good time to speak with a mental health professional about how SAD has changed the quality of your life.
What are SAD’s (Seasonal Affective Disorder) most common symptoms?
- Change in Energy Levels
- Tendency to Overeat
- Substance Abuse
- Feelings of Guilt and Worry
- Change in Sleep Patterns
- Problems with the Ability to Attend and Concentrate
More detailed information about SAD and its treatment can be obtained from trusted websites including National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).
One of the more vaunted forms of SAD therapy that has received much press is Light Therapy. However, before diving in, educate yourself and speak with a knowledgeable mental health professional. Click here for an interesting article about Light Therapy from the Center for Environmental Therapeutics, or feel free to give us a call, at 847.759.9110.
Posted by: Louis Dvorkin, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist