Got the winter blues?

So it is that time of year again during the holidays, baking, family, friends, laughter, goodies, gifts, shopping, looking for the best deals, etc.  Everyone around you is happy and joyful, but you notice that you are not, and begin to wonder why.  And then you think about it some more and you realize that it was about the same time last year you didn’t seem to feel happy.  When everyone around you was feeling upbeat, you noticed yourself feeling down and bummed.  And now you are noticing it again this year, and you begin to ask yourself, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ and ‘Am I crazy?’  The answer is no, you are not crazy.

It is what we call Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD), which is a type of depression that people experience during seasonal changes. 

Experts are not really sure what the causes of SAD are, however believes it could be related not having enough sunlight. It is said that people notice to start feeling down and depressed as the cooler months begin and start to feel better as spring comes around with the warmer months. It has some of the same symptoms that depression has:

  • Lack of energy
  • Sleeping too much
  • Craving foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates 
  • Feeling bummed out or sad
  • Weight gain
SAD is treated in much of the same way as depression is treated, along with adding another component – which is light therapy.  If you notice you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, please contact your doctor or behavioral health department to schedule an appointment.
For more information about our Behavioral Health services, or to make an appointment. Please visit www.indyhealthnet.org. 
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