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How to Deal with Seasonal Depression?

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The winter season has arrived with the days getting darker, shorter and the untimely warm weather. But what is the sad part of this season is it doesn’t come alone instead gets the seasonal depression along with it. Am I Right? Yes, most of us often feel more cranky, sad, anxious, tired, and lethargic at this time than usual. In clinical terms, it is referred as the ‘Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)’.

 

Know the seasonal affective disorder by the numbers below-

 

  • The average age of people suffering from the seasonal affective disorder is 18-30.
  • 55 percent of the people have family members with seasonal depression issues
  • The ratio of men to women with SAD is 1: 4.

 

Individual experiences with seasonal affective disorder vary, but here are few symptoms to check out if you are feeling low.

Symptoms of Seasonal affective disorder

 

The symptoms of SAD are somewhat similar to that of depression. Read the signs below-

  • Lack of interest in normal activities
  • Fatigue and weight gain
  • Social withdrawal like feel difficulty to be around people
  • Disturbed sleep, lethargy, and narcoleptic symptoms
  • Difficulty in concentration and memory issues
  • Frequent headaches, sadness
  • Anxiety and depression stays
  • Feel hopeless, depressed and worthless.

How to fight back Seasonal affective disorder?

 

If you are thinking of beating the SAD, then we have brought to you few tips of overcoming the winter blues.

 

Tips to beat Seasonal affective disorder-

 

  • Enjoy the sunlight– Get outside when the natural light is brightest. A 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight in the early morning will in a long way can alleviate the winter blues.

 

  • Exercise– Take a regular, moderate physical activity at least for 30 minutes to prevent depression and keep it at bay.

 

  • Eat well– Maintain a well-balanced diet. Have rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc.

 

  • Moderate your alcohol consumption– Try as much as possible to reduce alcohol intake to stay well.

 

  • Get enough sleep– Lack of sleep can cause mood swings. Hence try to get sound sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours each night.

 

Apart from all these, you can even try some relaxation techniques to prevent seasonal depression and also stress.
If in case you are willing to get a treatment then here is some information about it-

 

Treatments for Seasonal affective disorder

 

If you are experiencing the case of winter blues or the above symptoms, then consult a medical professional or a psychiatrist or a psychologist do a mental health assessment and get a proper idea of how well you are able to reason, think, and remember and how you feel. Some of the treatments include-

 

  1. SAD lamp therapy– Light therapy helps to boosts the serotonin levels in the body to help you feel good. It works by restoring the biological clock. Counseling and medications may also help.

 

  1. Antidepressant medications– medications such as Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can work well for people with SAD. Also, it works best when used with light therapy.

 

  1. Counseling sessions and therapies– Different counseling and psychotherapies such as interpersonal therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy can help to know more about the seasonal affective disorder. It also aids in managing the symptoms, and help to prevent the future episodes.

 

If you feel low, and think you are in need of support and guidance, you are not alone. Call us @+91 96111 94949 or visit Cadabam’s and get the best assistance solution plan for treating this problem.

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