Let me boil all of these symptoms of seasonal affective disorder down for you.
Remember before in my first article on seasonal depression, I said there were two types of these disorders?
The first type comes on in the fall and winter and is often called winter depression. Below is a baker’s dozen of the most recognized symptoms, and the ones most reported, by people who have this type. (I’ll cover the second type and its symptoms further on down in the article.)
Understand that you (or your loved one) don’t have to have every single one of these for your doctor or expert healthcare provider to diagnose you with winter SAD.
Here’s the blunt answer: Researchers of SAD don’t really know. However, they have assembled a line up of the biggest suspects:
Spring and summer mood changes can bring on this second type of depression. Typical summer depression symptoms are:
More extreme cases of depression in the spring and summer, called reverse seasonal affective disorder, have the main symptoms of greatly elevated mood and hyperactive energy levels (a form of bipolar disorder).
So let’s say you have some or many of the above smorgasbord of symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
Well, the first thing you need to do if you are depressed can be summed up in two words: Get help. Please. Do it. Talk to your doctor.
See, the fact is, you must have a proper diagnostic assessment from a trained SAD professional. Not only to be sure of what you have, but to get the proper seasonal affective disorder treatment.
Now the great news is, there are treatments available that can often turn things around for people with SAD in just a matter of days. We’ll look at those treatments in the next article, part 4.
However, I don’t mention nutrition supplements in Part 4 so I’ll briefly talk about them here.
First of all, it’s always a good idea to discuss with your health care professional what supplements, if any, you are taking.
Bolstering your health with a multivitamin is a good place to start when it comes to improving your nutrition.
Understand though that multivitamins are not a treatment for depression. It’s simply a matter of trying to keep your body and mind healthier so they function better.
In addition, there is some evidence that omega-3 fatty acids might improve symptoms of depression. Omega-3s contain DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid).
Both DHA and EPA have a positive effect on your brain’s membrane structure. And omega-3s may also improve neurotransmitter activity in your brain.
There are several ways to get more omega-3s in your diet. Most people resort to eating more fish or taking fish oil supplements.
If you’re a vegetarian, as I am, you can get omega-3s from flax seeds, vegan omega supplements, and walnuts are a good source.
If you don’t mind using fish products, there is one company website you may want to explore. They have a lot of good information and high-quality supplements.
The bottom line is, if you have the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, it doesn’t have to be a recurring bad theme in your life every year.
Here’s A Free Audio for You On SAD Syndrome
Part 2, Seasonal Affective Disorder: How Many People Have Sad Disorder?
Part 4: 5 Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment
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