For thousands of people around the globe, the cold winter months bring with them notable mental health challenges. These symptoms are sometimes diagnosed as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, but also may present as mild and not require a mental health diagnosis. If you find yourself feeling irritable, sad, sluggish or off-balance in the winter […]
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3 Ways to Cope with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
In the midst of the post-holiday slump, you may be feeling the effects of the winter blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a common seasonal depression triggered by shorter and darker days, affects about 6% of the U.S. population, according to Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, National Institutes of Mental Health (NIH), especially those of us living […]
The Many Faces of Depression: The Types & Symptoms
According to MediLexicon, depression is “A mental disorder characterized by sustained depression of mood, anhedonia, sleep and appetite disturbances, and feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and hopelessness.” It’s hard to get through one day without seeing or hearing the word “depression.” Many people use it incorrectly or as a joke, but for many more people, it’s […]
How You Can Beat the Holiday Blues This Season
The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time of year. But for some, it can be an emotional roller coaster ride, while others just feel depressed the entire season. There are a lot of reasons we start feeling down in the dumps during the holidays. Each person has a unique situation. But you can […]
The truth about SAD – it isn’t winter blahs or cabin fever!
I donât know SAD directly but I do know it personally. Debilitating is descriptive but hardly accurate. Iâve seen a family member repeatedly suffer unbearably over the years and to the point of such weakening that she was nearly incapacitated. For her, SAD starts after the holidays in later January, almost like clockwork. She begins […]
Serotonin – It’s Good Mood Food!
What if I told you the food you eat can affect your mood? Yes, there’s a definite correlation between your food and your mood! We recently hosted Tina Wankey, MS, Mental Health Therapist, from Affinity Health Systems to speak on the topic of Food On Mood. Her educational and enlightening presentation made me take a […]