Carolina Counseling Services - Lifting the Gloom that Seasonal Affective Disorder Brings
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Lifting the Gloom that Seasonal Affective Disorder Brings
For most people, the changing of the seasons ushers fresh hopes and opportunities, each being unique and beautiful. For people with SAD or “seasonal affective disorder,” autumn and winter spells gloom. You may not believe it, but there are about half a million people in the United States who feel that way about the nippy autumn and winter.
If the depressive symptoms have made it extremely difficult for you to go through your daily life, it is time to take action. SAD is treatable; you can get over the symptoms of winter SAD or “cabin fever” if you’ll seek professional help.
SAD is a kind of mood disorder or a subtype of clinical depression that comes and goes with the seasons. The common type, which is the autumn-winter SAD, comes as the temperature drops and the darkness sets earlier giving way to the longer nights.
While it is natural to feel gloomy or sleep longer during the cold months, the seasonal change should not drastically make you overly distressed or your energy/mood levels drop unreasonably. When the depressive symptoms are making it difficult for you to live your normal day-to-day life, it can be SAD.
The Signs and Symptoms of SAD
Because it is a one subtype of major depression, the signs and symptoms are almost similar to it. Yet, it also has some signs and symptoms that are distinctly SAD, such as the tendency to sleep for long hours, which can be a response to the feeling of heaviness in your arms and legs and the extended night hours.
Despite oversleeping, you may have low energy and feel tired for the most part of the day, every single day during winter. Consequently, you may feel irritable, have difficulty getting along with others and become overly sensitive to people’s words. You may also exhibit weight changes as you seek comfort in food/eating or avoid them.
Don’t Wait For the Seasons to Change
Most people are affected by the weather and by the changes in seasons. When the impact of seasonal change, (particularly during late autumn to winter or sometimes during summer) however, is excessive, seek professional assistance. If there is one thing that can help lift the gloom that hangs over your head like the proverbial axe, it is Carolina Counseling Services in Fuquay-Varina, NC.
SAD is treatable, especially the mild cases. About 50 to 80 percent of the cases can go through complete remissions with the right therapy. Don’t wait for the season to change. As the last autumn leaf falls to the ground and the first snow flake drops, embrace your new lifestyle options with zest. Call Carolina Counseling Services in Fuquay-Varina, NC to get back in track with the help of one of the independently contracted therapists.
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Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services
Counties: Wake County NC
Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC