It’s October, which means the weather is cooling down, there is a crispness in the air and SAD ramps up a bit for me. Every Fall, armed with a latte, I prepare myself for the couple of months ahead. Do you know what SAD is?
Pshycom.net tells us: “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a category of depression that emerges in particular seasons of the year. Most people notice SAD symptoms starting in the fall and increasing during the winter months, but a few people experience a spring/summer version.”
There are a few causes for this, reduced sunlight being a major one. It can throw our internal clocks off, resulting in a reduction of serotonin and melatonin.
I can tell that it’s coming, like clock work every year. My attitude shifts, my Vitamin D consumption goes up and I tend to challenge my therapist a bit more on tough topics. We’ve been working together for a few years and I think maybe two Fall’s ago, it was really bad. We butted heads on everything possible. I pretty much couldn’t be around myself. But then, Spring comes on the horizon and things perk up again.
Do you have issues with SAD? What works for you?