Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that typically occurs during the fall and winter months. SAD is thought to be caused by a lack of sunlight, which can lead to a decrease in serotonin, a brain chemical that plays a role in mood.
While there is no cure for SAD, there are treatments that can help. One treatment option is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which can help people change their negative thoughts and behaviors. CBT has been found to be particularly effective in treating SAD.
Another treatment option is light therapy, which involves exposure to artificial light. Light therapy can be done at home with a light box . Light therapy has been found to be effective in treating SAD.
If you think you may be suffering from SAD, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. With treatment, you can start to feel better and enjoy the winter months again.