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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Is Winter making you gloomy? It could be Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that makes one feel sad, lethargic and low, especially in winters.

 Here’s a guide to recognizing the symptoms and seeking help when needed.

According to recent Statistics released by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) SAD occurs four times ore often in women than in men. The age of onset is estimated to be between 18-30 years, but it can affect anyone, irrespective of age.

Causes of Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • It is caused due to change in weather and the sense of gloom continues for a considerable time.
  • It is diagnosed specifically when a person develops a depressive episode around the same time every year which is not related to his/her occupation.
  • It is triggered by a change in season and sunlight balance and is often associated with low sunlight period.

How to recognize the symptoms

The symptoms are similar to any other mood disorder –

  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Lethargy
  • Insomnia  
  • The mood for excessive sleep

Here are a few things you can incorporate in your lifestyle to hope you cope better:

  • Make the most of natural light : Try to spend as much as time you can outside in natural light to help your body cope with the lack of sunlight in winters.
  • Drink herbal teas : It would help you relax.
  • Maintain a diary: Write down your mood every day and keep a track of how you are feeling, and when. This would help you track whom your low phases begin and what all you do to cope with it.

It is advised you seek professional help if you have SAD, Connect with our mental health experts and get the best treatment.

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