Now that the fall season is here. Time to enjoy the splendor of Mother Nature and the bounty of earthy colors and motifs that surround us. Fall is my favorite season. We have fall festivals to enjoy, the excitement of a new school year, football is back, and the cooler weather and shorter days begin … it’s a beautiful time of year. However, during the fall and winter the lack of light and sunshine can cause some people to experience difficulties in their mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs in the fall and winter.
But for some people, along with the shorter days and cold nights comes a SADness. This particular condition has also been known as the “Winter Blues” and should not be ignored. Here in North America, the fall and winter season occupies a significant portion of our lives and if you feel low during these months when you know you should be enjoying yourself, you may be experiencing SAD.
Symptoms of SAD
Symptoms of SAD have been identified and follow a predictable pattern. To read the full article and list of symptoms click here.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms that occur beginning in the fall season and typically end in the spring.
- feeling sad or depressed most of the day
- loss of interest in things that you usually find enjoyable
- problems with sleeping (too much, not enough)
- feeling hopeless
- difficulty concentrating
- low energy
- feeling irritable, and sluggish
- thoughts of suicide or death
- changes in appetite or weight
It’s normal to have some days when you feel down or listless. But if the feeling continues for days and weeks at a time and you can’t get motivated to change things, you should see a therapist or a doctor. This is especially important if your sleep patterns and appetite have changed or if you feel hopeless, think about suicide or turn to drugs or alcohol for comfort or relaxation.
I’m here to help
If you would like to learn more Dr. Gerald Brown is a therapist practicing in Statesville and Cornelius, North Carolina. He is within a short travel distance from Davidson, Morrisville, Huntersville, and North Charlotte. If you cannot travel to see Dr. Brown, he also provides therapy online.
If you feel this the need for professional assistance or if you would like to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can give me a call at 704-492-0713 or fill out my contact form and click send.