It's Therapeutic Thursday at Aortic Hope.
❄️We are creeping closer to daylight savings time which means we will fall back in most places on November 5th. Whether we are falling back to springing forward, during the late fall and winter, many experience a change in their mood call Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
😔Seasonal disorder, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or winter depression, is a type of mood disorder that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in winter. It is not considered a separate disorder, but rather a subtype of major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder.
🥶Seasonal disorder can affect anyone, but it is more common in people who live far from the equator, where winter days are shorter and darker. Some of the symptoms of seasonal disorder include low mood, loss of interest, fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and thoughts of suicide.
💡Seasonal disorder can be treated with light therapy, medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of these methods. Light therapy involves exposure to bright artificial light for a certain amount of time each day, usually in the morning. This can help regulate the body's circadian rhythm and boost the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects mood.
💊Medication may include antidepressants or mood stabilizers, depending on the type and severity of the disorder. Psychotherapy can help people cope with negative thoughts and feelings, and learn strategies to manage stress and improve their well-being.
❤️Seasonal disorder is not a sign of weakness or laziness. It is a real and serious condition that can affect anyone.
👉If you think you may have seasonal disorder, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. There is help available and you don't have to suffer alone.❤️