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  1. SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER FEBRUARY 2016 WHAT IS SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER? Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression. Typically thought of as “Winter Depression”, Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression triggered by the reduced level of sunlight during winter months. It usually starts as daylight decreases and the weather becomes colder in September or October, and ends when the sun starts shining more and it becomes warmer in April or May. RESEARCH SHOWS: RESEARCH SHOWS: SAD IS MORE COMMON IN SAD IS MORE COMMON IN WOMEN THAT MEN WOMEN THAT MEN and and SAD USUALLY STARTS IN SAD USUALLY STARTS IN YOUNG ADULTS YOUNG ADULTS SYMPTOMS of Seasonal Affective Disorder: •Feeling sad, depressed, or tired most of the time •Feeling helpless, worthless, or hopeless •Decreased ability to concentrate •Excessive sleeping, fatigue •Eating more, carbohydrate cravings, weight gain •Avoidance of others, withdrawal •Increased irritability •Less interest in sex •Onset in the fall and early winter Counseling Counseling Light Therapy Light Therapy Medication/Anti Medication/Anti- - Depressants Depressants Winter Vacation Vacation Vacation Winter Winter Eat Healthy Eat Healthy Beat The Blues Reduce Stress Reduce Stress Whenever Possible Whenever Possible Exercise Exercise Regularly Regularly If you feel like the grey, dreary weather may be effecting you, try these tips: Make your environment sunnier and brighter - Keep drapes and blinds in your house or workplace open throughout the day - Sit near windows as much as possible - Leave lights on during cloudy days Get outside as much as possible, especially in the early morning Do Activities Do Activities You Enjoy You Enjoy COMPLICATIONS If not treated, SAD can get worse and lead to further problems such as:  Social withdrawal  School or work problems  Substance abuse  Suicidal thoughts or behavior Some people with SAD have mild symptoms such as feeling out of sorts or irritable while other people may have worse symptoms that interfere with relationships and work. If you suffer from any kind of depression, please call to schedule a confidential appointment to talk with one of our counselors at Workplace Resources. Information brought to you by your EAP: Workplace Resources Workplace Resources 419-539-4499 800-513-6733