If you are feeling the “Wintertime Blues”, or simply a funk around this time of year, you may be dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In most cases, Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms appear in the Fall or Winter, and can last until late Spring or even early Summer.
There are a great number of symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. We’ll list a few of them below, and then offer help if you are dealing with SAD.
- Feelings of depression – It is normal to feel a day or two of depression with the changing of the seasons. But if that depression makes itself known all day, every day… you may be dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Low energy – If you are struggling to find the energy to do even the most mundane things in your daily routine, you might be dealing with SAD.
- Weight changes – Many people struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder attempt to compensate for their emotional imbalance by either overeating, or by experiencing a loss of appetite altogether. In either case, it’s best to find help to navigate this unhealthy cycle.
- Frequent thoughts of death or suicide – When dealing with SAD, often feelings of diminished self-worth lead people to consider taking their own lives. In such cases, their ability to articulate their feelings – and other’s ability to be aware of what’s happening is of paramount importance.
These are just a few of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. And like we mentioned before, it’s normal to have some down days. But if you feel down on a regular, consistent basis… it may be time to seek professional counsel.
A New Outlook Counseling Service is ready, willing and abundantly able to help you navigate the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
We have 3 locations to serve Colorado:
- Highlands Ranch-Main Office–Robert J. Johnson, SAP, MAC, LAC
- Lakewood Office– Rick Shriner, CACIII
- Cherry Creek Office– Matthew Jarvis, MA, LPC, LAC, NCC, EMDR