SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Posted on January 11, 2019

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The sun has got his hat on, hip-hip-hip-hooray
The sun has got his hat on and he’s coming out today
Now we’ll all be happy, hip-hip-hip-hooray
The sun has got his hat on and he’s coming out today

Noel Gay and Ralph Butler the bearers of a great truth. Sure many would agree when the sun is shinning, the days longer nights shorter and those temperatures sore our outlook on life, our days generally are spent in a far happier place. When our friend is looking down upon us with his most wondrous of warm smiles we smile too.

Yet just around the corner what awaits us in less sunnier climes? yes the wind, rain and cold.Those dark dark dreary days and nights as summer turns to autumn, autumn to winter. For some it’s enough to dampen spirits and make those tribulations of life appear far greater than than they were before. If you feel anxious, depressed like your life resembles that of the weather itself and cannot rid yourself of a pervading sense of gloominess, then maybe you are one of those unfortunate enough to have a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is thought to affect one in 15 people here in the UK between the months of September and April, according to NHS statistics.

We are all affected by this to some extent as the days become shorter and the nights longer, as weather patterns take a change for the worse. Being a Brit myself I’ve become somewhat accustomed to the changing of the seasons, even use to welcome it being a sufferer of Agoraphobia. For me it meant I could go out early evening shrouded in darkness and enjoy myself that little more, as bizarre and antisocial as it may seem. Yet for others it’s become a very very serious health risk, one that could have implications on both a persons ability to function and livelihood.

As is often the case with any illness that involves a depressive state, anyone who suffers will likely have a range of the following symptoms.

  • Moodiness
  • A lack of interest in everyday activities
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Lethargy, feeling sleepy during the day
  • Sleeping for longer periods and lack of motivation to get up in the morning
  • Food cravings and the gaining of weight

The root causes of SAD according to the NHS website is said to be related to the following

  • The production of melatonin a hormone that makes you feel sleepy which the body may produce in higher than normal levels
  • production of serotonin a hormone that affects your mood, appetite and sleep patterns. A lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels, which is linked to feelings of depression
  • The body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) your body uses sunlight to time various important functions, such as when you wake up

As with any form of depression, there is no surefire way of eradicating it’s symptoms but there are things you can try. Outside of attempting to get as much sunlight exposure that you can, there is Light Therapy utilising what is known as a SAD lamp.. Which has also been known to help those who generally suffer with depression and according to Seasonal Affective Disorder Association has been effective in 85% of cases.

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