seasonal affective disorder


The Mayo Clinic defines Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as “a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.”

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • Persistent low energy
  • Daily feelings of depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight or appetite change
  • Loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Hopelessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide 

There are other symptoms as well. If you feel any of these, it’s important to see your doctor or a mental health professional to help with a diagnosis of the cause and set forth a path of treatment.  Treatment for diagnosed SAD can include phototherapy, psychotherapy, and/or medication. But it also will be helpful to get out and keep your body and mind moving during the winter months. Here are some activities to consider in the Greater Milwaukee Area that can help you do that:

It’s important to not dismiss “feeling blue” in the winter as normal or as something you have to face on your own. If you have concerns about possible SAD, we invite you to reach out today to American Behavioral Clinics of Greater Milwaukee to schedule a free phone consultation to discuss your concerns with us.