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SAD - SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

SAD

SAD is estimated to affect half a million people in the UK along between September to April. Particularly during December, January and February.

SAD causes an imbalance in the hypothalamus due to the shortening of daylight hours and the lack of sunlight in winter.

Symptoms would usually come back each year.

Symptoms can include the following:

  • Mood Changes: Extremes of mood and short periods of hypomania (overactivity) in spring and autumn
  • Loss of libido: Decreased interest in sex and physical contact
  • Anxiety: Tension and inability to tolerate stress.
  • Social problems: Irritability and avoidance of social contact.
  • Depression: Feelings of misery, loss of self-esteem, and apathy.
  • Lethargy: Fatigue and inability to carry out normal routines, the body refusing to wake up when the alarm goes off!
  • Sleep Problems: Usually a desire to oversleep, difficulty staying awake, disturbed sleep and early morning wakening

Sub-syndromal SAD

Symptoms such as tiredness, lethargy, sleep and eating problems occur, but depression and anxiety are absent or mild.

SAD begins from ages of 18 30 and sometimes gets confused with M.E. Over 85% of M.E. sufferers are women. SAD affects both men and women (this lifts with more daylight). It occurs throughout northern and southern hemispheres but is extremely rare in those living thirty degrees of the equator where daylight hours are long.

SAD can be a seriously disabling illness, and need continuous medical treatment. However, for most people it is more often the case of some difficult and unwanted 'winter blues'.

WHAT ACTION TO TAKE TO PREVENT OR CONTROL SAD?

Firstly, stop wearing tinted sun lenses that stop the light getting to the retinas of the eyes

The you can try the following:

  • Take a winter holiday - why go away in the summer, when we've got the light and warmth.
  • Go for walks, no matter the weather, get outside in the daytime as much as possible
  • Sit near a window whenever you can
  • Light Therapy - 85 per cent of cases having exposure for up to 4 hours a day find this helpful.
  • Use Supplementation in your diet

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  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

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