Do you experience changes in your mood or thoughts when the seasons change? Well, if you do, you’re not the only one. S.A.D. is a form of depression that has a seasonal component, and about 20% of Americans endure symptoms every year.

During the holiday season there is an increase in individuals seeking help from professionals for mental health concerns. The transition from Winter to Spring is the time the suicide rates are the highest as well. Below we list symptoms of S.A.D. and some proactive options for you to discuss with a professional.

Symptoms of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

  • Less Energetic
  • More Moody
  • Losing Interest
  • Feeling Sluggish or Tired
  • Having Problems with Sleep
  • Feeling Hopeless
  • Gaining Weight
  • Changing Appetite
  • Craving High Carb Foods

Treatments to Consider Talking to Your Doctor About:

Light Therapy – Artificial light to mimic the sun. This treatment helps the brain and the body create more serotonin and has been shown to be just as effective as antidepressants.

Medication – Discussing medications with your doctor is important to make sure you find something that best fits you.

Exercise – Being consistent with exercise can improve mental and physical health any time of the year.

Vitamin D – With the sunlight decreasing during the winter, people don’t get enough vitamin D. Taking a vitamin D supplement can be beneficial to helping with treating Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms.

Zumbro Valley Health Center is here to help you if you are experiencing symptoms of the Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you are wanting to set up an appointment or get more information, check out the Zumbro Valley Health Center website: