Seasonal Affective Disorder
Posted Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:59 PM
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that appears at the same time each year. Like, a person typically has symptoms of depression and unexplained fatigue as winter approaches and daylight hours become shorter but when spring returns and days become longer again, people with SAD experience relief from their symptoms, returning to their usual mood and energy level.
Current theories says SAD caused by the brain's production of key hormones melatonin and serotonin.
These two hormones help regulate a person's sleep-wake cycles, energy, and mood.
SAD can affect adults, teens, and children. It's estimated that about 6 in every 100 people (6%) experience SAD.The number of people with SAD varies from region to region. One study of SAD in the United States found the rates of SAD were seven times higher among people in New Hampshire than in Florida, suggesting that the farther people live from the equator, the more likely they are to develop SAD.
Symptoms of SAD
The symptoms of SAD are the same as symptoms of depression, and a person with SAD may notice several or all of these symptoms-
•Changes in mood.
•Lack of enjoyment.
•Changes in sleep. .
•Changes in eating.
•Less time socializing.
How Is SAD Diagnosed and Treated?
Once a person's been diagnosed with SAD, doctors may recommend one of several treatments:
1>Increased Light Exposure.
Dealing With SAD
When symptoms of SAD first develop, it can be confusing, both for the person with SAD and family and friends. Some parents or teachers may mistakenly think that teens with SAD are slacking off or not trying their best. If you think you're experiencing some of the symptoms of SAD, talk to a parent, guidance counselor, or other trusted adult about what you're feeling.
If you've been diagnosed with SAD, there are a few things you can do to help:
•Follow your doctor's recommendations for treatment.
•Learn all you can about SAD and explain the condition to others so they can work with you.
•Get plenty of exercise, especially outdoors. Exercise can be a mood lifter.
•Spend time with friends and loved ones who understand what you're going through — they can help provide you with personal contact and a sense of connection.
•Be patient. Don't expect your symptoms to go away immediately.
•Ask for help with homework and other assignments if you need it. If you feel you can't concentrate on things, remember that it's part of the disorder and that things will get better again. Talk to your teachers and work out a plan to get your assignments done.
•Eat right. It may be hard, but avoiding simple carbohydrates and sugary snacks and concentrating on plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits can help you feel better in the long term.
•Develop a sleep routine. Regular bedtimes can help you reap the mental health benefits of daytime light.
Depression in any form can be serious. If you think you have symptoms of any type of depression, talk to someone who can help you get treatment
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So more sunshine for me next winter to make sure I don't get depressed...
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