Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Elderly man wearing winter coat and hat.

We all know of the ‘winter blues’ where every season, people tend to feel more depressed than any other time of year. For some people, however, it can feel more severe. People experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) experience a type of depression that’s harder to get over. According to a study, 40% of people with Alzheimer’s and 20% of caregivers suffer from SAD. Visiting Angels Barrington shares some information as well as a couple ways to help treat it.

Someone who is suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder may experience:

  • Fatigue, sluggishness, feelings of worthlessness
  • May become irritable, agitated, and anxious
  • May stop attending to self-hygiene
  • May have suicidal thoughts (Suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255)

A few ways Visiting Angels Barrington shares to help treat SAD is to first speak to a doctor. It can sometimes feel relieving to have a confirmed diagnosis and to have a professional plan of treatment. Other ways you can help someone suffering from SAD include practicing self-care habits. These include making healthier food choices, exercising, and spending time soaking in the sun.

These are just a few pieces of information that Visiting Angels Barrington shares. You can learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder by visiting their latest article: