Happy Monday all!
Winter can be tough to deal with especially if you suffer from the “winter blues”, otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, SAD is a type of depression that begins and ends with the seasons. Symptoms can include loss of energy, poor concentration and changes in appetite. Suicidal thoughts are also a symptom of SAD. SAD is a serious condition that shouldn’t be shrugged off or minimized. Treatments such as light therapy and psychotherapy are recommended to address SAD. SAD can occur during the Summer, so don’t think it’s only unique to Winter. I struggle with periods of depression and sadness during the Winter. In the past I sought out professional help to address it. To this day I still use the coping skills I was taught while in treatment to manage my feelings.
If you or anyone you know are exhibiting symptoms of SAD please seek help. There is no shame in asking for help. Also asking and receiving help doesn’t mean you aren’t strong. It takes a strong woman to admit that they cannot do it alone and need help.
Have a wonderful day!