During the long cold winters here in Michigan, some people experience what we call the “winter blues’ also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Studies indicate as many as 20-40% of Michiganders experience some degree of S.A.D.
Common symptoms of S.A.D. include lack of energy, lack of motivation, trouble concentrating, feeling down, grumpy, irritable or anxious, increased appetite, and increased sleep. In addition there can be the typical features of depression especially lethargy, hopelessness, social withdrawal, decreased sexual interest and suicidal thoughts.
So what can we Michiganders do? S.A.D. is a form of depression and is best diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional. Counseling specifically can help manage symptoms along with engaging in social activities and regular exercise. Get outside and get some fresh air when possible!
There are also medications, herbal supplements and bright light treatment therapy options!
If you or someone you know is dealing with SAD or any sort of depression this season, reach out for help. We can formulate an effective treatment plan together!
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