The shorter days and longer nights of fall and winter can really affect the way some people feel. In fact, science tells us that our body’s circadian clock monitors changes in day length and works as an internal time clock. It tells us when to feel tired and when to wake up. It also plays a big role in our hormone regulation and mood.
Decreased sunlight during the fall and winter days can disrupt and affect the way some people feel. You may find yourself wanting to sleep and eat more simply because it’s too hard to focus. Maybe you start to withdraw from social events simply because you don’t have the energy to be around people. If any of these situations sound familiar, you might be experiencing seasonal depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that usually appears during the winter months. It can drain your energy and change your mood when left untreated. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help you make a smooth transition to the fall/winter months.
Symptoms of SAD
If you notice a change in your mood as the seasons change, look out for the following signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
• A change in appetite
• Weight gain or loss
• A drop in energy level
• Sleeping too much
• Difficulty concentrating
• Increased sensitivity to social rejection
• Avoidance of social situations
How To Boost Your Mood
Fortunately, there are some ways you can relive symptoms of SAD. Common treatments include light box therapy, medications, CBT and changes to your diet and exercise routine.
The first step in finding the right treatment plan for your depressive symptoms is by contacting our office. For some, Major Depressive Disorder can follow a seasonal pattern. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, we’re here to help! We have been successfully treating patients suffering from depression at BayTMS since 2009, and have seen significant response in 85% of our patients! Call our office today to learn more about this non-systemic treatment option (510-809-1599) to see if TMS may be the right option for you.