What is seasonal affective disorder? Here's how to cope up with it

Do you feel depressed every time the climate changes? You might be suffering from seasonal affective disorder. Here’s everything you need to know about this disorder.
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Do you feel a sudden change in your mood as the weather changes? If so, you might be suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression. It is a psychological condition that’s related to seasonal change. Usually, people experience it during early winter which goes away during spring or summer. Others might experience the opposite - symptoms that begin in the summer. 

The symptoms may differ depending on which type of SAD you suffer from: wintertime or summertime. The symptoms of wintertime SAD include daytime fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, irritability, lack of interest in social activities, unhappiness, weight gain and difficulty in concentrating. Summertime SAD include agitation, sleep deprivation, restlessness, loss of appetite and inexplicable weight loss. In severe cases, people suffering from this disorder might experience suicidal thoughts. 

Here is how you can cope with seasonal affective disorder. 

1. Studies have shown that people with SAD should try light therapy, which can help elevate the mood and improve other symptoms of the condition. Consult a professional doctor for the same. 

2. A dearth of sunlight can lead to seasonal affective disorder, so getting some sunlight might help serotonin levels (mood-regulating chemical) and lift up your mood. 

3. Exercising helps in reducing the symptoms of depression and other mental health issues. Getting some physical exercise done can help improve mood. 

4. You can take prescribed antidepressants to boost production of dopamine and serotonin, both of which helps improve mood and alleviate the symptoms of SAD

5. You might feel tempted to reach for sweet comfort foods when you are suffering from depression. But munching on these sugary foods can worsen the problem and put you at a greater risk of depression. 

6. Stress is another problem which can lead to SAD. You should manage stress by cutting back on alcohol, getting more sleep, trying relaxing techniques, talking to your loved ones or seeking professional help to help cope up with seasonal affective disorder.

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Anonymous 4 months ago

The proposed solutions seem at odds with the proximal triggers for SummerSAD. We who suffer from SummerSAD certainly don't want more sunlight...it is to be avoided. Here are some tips for those who suffer from the summertime version of Sad. 1. Avoid the sun. Plan activities for the early morning or late evening hours. 2. Drink plenty of fluids like water, iced tea/coffee, etc. 3. Air conditioning, and lots of it. 4. Use dehumidifiers inside as well. By reducing the atmospheric moisture it won't feel as sticky. 5. Room darkening shades AND sleep masks. The Sun is your enemy, and you probably aren't sleeping enough. These will help with the late day Sun and the way-too-early sunrise. 6. Freeze water in a 2-L plastic bottle, wrap it in a towel, and hug it close while trying to sleep. 7. To the extent you can, only attend public events that are in the evenings. Avoid picnics and BBQs during the intense daytime sun. 8. Practice mindfulness and meditation regularly. It calms the mind and is a solace from the abrasion of the weather.

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