Seasonal Affective Disorder: What Is It? – Rooted Woman

Seasonal Affective Disorder: What Is It?

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Rooted Woman’s mission is to promote radical self-care for women, and mental health is a huge part of that as we move into the colder months. During this time of year, a special type of depression is most common. It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 

What is it? 

SAD often comes and goes with the seasons, most often showing up in the late fall and early winter. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), it affects women four times more often than men. The disorder is often characterized by symptoms like: 

  • Feeling depressed most of the day
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless
  • Feeling sluggish or easily agitated
  • Having low energy, trouble sleeping, or trouble concentrating 

What Causes It? 

SAD is often caused by chemical disruptions in the body, mostly commonly attributed to the changing weather and reduced sunlight. 

Is There Relief For It?

There are many ways to treat SAD, the most common come by way of professional doctors. For many, 2020 has already produced a lot of troubling emotions, so watch for changes over the coming months. If you notice social withdrawal, problems at work, substance abuse, mental health issues, or suicidal thoughts, please seek medical attention immediately. There is absolutely no shame in getting help to process your emotions.

We also encourage you to practice self-care that can help boost your serotonin and melatonin levels and give you energy. Professionals suggest taking vitamin D supplements, getting out for walks as much as you can, and eating nutrient-rich foods. If you join us over at Rooted Woman University, certified nutritionist Frances Holmes can help you with more nutrition and self-care advice during uncertain times. Learn more here.

If you need more information on SAD, reach out to your therapist or healthcare provider. 

And if you’re experiencing any thoughts of suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. They are available 24/7. 

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