In our last blog, we discussed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Though there has been some conflict over whether SAD is an actual condition, all you have to do is look around to see how fall affects people. While some rejoice in the cool air, dead leaves, and coming snow, others mourn the loss of light, plants, and warmth. If autumn and winter get you down instead of boosting you up, you may be experiencing SAD. Of course, people experience it on all different levels. Some just feel minor irritation, and others are almost incapacitated by it. Either way, there are solutions.
We talked about depression and how it’s the first sign of SAD. However, SAD can manifest itself in other ways as well. In today’s bog, we want to discuss them so you can discover if they’re impacting you. They are often experienced in conjunction with depression.
Symptoms of SAD
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lethargy during the day
- Less active than usual
- Sleep longer than normal and struggle to wake up
- Increased appetite, especially for carb-heavy foods
Like many emotional and mental difficulties, SAD is unavoidable for many people. The seasons change, no matter what we do! The key is understanding that there are things we can change for ourselves. There are many ways to make autumn and winter not only bearable, but enjoyable. At Inner Source, we work hard to provide world-class counseling that empowers people to experience life like they want to. Our experienced psychotherapist, Beth Firestein, has worked with hundreds of people over her many years as a counselor. She is ready to be your closest ally as the snow flies. Contact our Loveland office for an appointment today!