What is seasonal affective disorder?
As summer comes to a close it is important to be aware that many people are affected by the change in seasons. Some people experience what is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is the term for when the change in seasons affects your mood and behavior.
People usually experience SAD, a form of depression, in winter. However, some people can experience it when summer is on its way. Sometimes SAD can affect energy levels and day-to-day life, even your relationship.
In the UK, people are more likely to experience SAD between September and November. Sometimes, it can last as long as the winter and into spring the following year.
With the fall of autumn leaves comes an awareness of change. While some people are fortunate to feel excited about this change, for others adding layers of clothing can feel like an emotional burden. If you feel stressed or depressed in the winter months, take the time to understand if you are experiencing SAD or depression.
This means understanding the difference between needing help coping with depression or SAD or if you could benefit from couples therapy. If you feel concerned about the change of seasons, or have noticed you are less able to cope with everyday life, contact your therapist or counsellor.