Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder with Brightside Behavioral Health

Have you ever noticed changes in your mood, energy levels, or overall well being during specific seasons, especially when the days grow shorter and colder? If so, you may have experienced Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

SAD is a form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern, typically occurring during the fall and winter months and gradually improving during spring and summer.

Although not many have heard of SAD, it’s a condition that many people face. According to the American Psychiatric Association, 5 percent of adults in the U.S. experience SAD and it typically lasts about 40 percent of the year. The condition is connected to changes in brain chemistry caused by shorter daylight hours and reduced exposure to sunlight during the winter months.

The symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder include persistent feelings of sadness, low energy levels, changes in appetite or weight, difficulty concentrating, and a loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed. It's a challenge that can leave you feeling both physically and emotionally drained.

At Brightside Behavioral Health, we understand the impact SAD may have on your well being. Our therapists are here to provide personalized strategies to help you lead a fulfilling life, even during the darker seasons. Our practice offers guidance on incorporating strategies such as light therapy, and healthy lifestyle adjustments, to combat the neurological affects of SAD.

If you're ready to take charge of your mental health, Brightside Behavioral Health is here to support you. Visit our website or call us to make an appointment at our Warwick, Johnston, or Cranston Rhode Island locations.