Understanding Seasonal Affective Depression
Ever get depressed in the winter? If you get these feelings to the point where it affects the way you function, you may be suffering with SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
Seasonal affective disorder is a very real condition and it is more likely to affect women than men. Woman are about four times more likely to suffer from SAD than men. In fact, 60-90% of people affected are women. Women between the ages of 18 and 55 are more likely to be affected.
Those who suffer with SAD may experience different symptoms depending on the type of weather that brings on the disorder. Generally, feelings of depression, hopelessness and a loss of energy are common.
Fortunately, there are many natural ways to treat SAD including therapy, light therapy, exercise, or just planning ahead. Those who are aware of how the weather can affect them can take measures to ensure they will not be engaged in stressful activities when SAD is likely to hit. Light therapy (and if needed antidepressants) are effective treatment options.
Seasonal affective disorder can be difficult to deal with and is more likely to affect women than men. Luckily, there are many ways to treat the symptoms of SAD to get sufferers feeling better...no matter what the weather forecast may be!