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      Thomas Carr

        Hello everyone, after my last post about ‘Blue Monday’ I thought it would be a good idea to talk about Seasonal Depression and how your mental health in January or any other month of the year maybe affected by this.

        Firstly, The NHS website say that Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern.
        SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter. Some people with SAD may have symptoms during the summer and feel better during the winter.

        There are many different symptoms of this from:

        – A persistent low mood
        – A loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
        – Irritability
        – Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
        – Feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
        – Sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
        – Craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
        – Difficulty concentrating
        – Decreased sex drive

        The NHS website advises to use lifestyle measures as a form of treatment. This includes getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly and managing your stress levels. Aside from this, talking therapy such as counselling maybe a good way of helping you get through this tough time.

        If you are worried, you should consider seeing the GP if you think you might have SAD and you’re struggling to cope as the GP can carry out an assessment to check your mental health and recommend treatment from there.

        • This topic was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Thomas Carr.
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