REALITY CHECK// MENTAL ILLNESS PT. 5: Seasonal Affective DisorderPublished by Taj R. Chrisp on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm.
A mental illness that is virtually unknown by people who live in pleasant climates is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The trademark sign of this illness is depression during seasonal changes, specifically in the fall and winter in contrast by happiness during the spring and summer months.
SAD is most often reported in women that start suffering from the disease in their twenties, although men and children are affected by the disease also. It should be noted that people that suffer from this disease do report to have at least one family member that suffers from a psychiatric disorder, most often depression or substance abuse.
SAD is usually treated with different types of light therapy that include light intensity, light duration, and time of day exposure. But, before you can be treated you must know the warning signs of this disease so that you can get a handle on SAD and get your life back. SAD warning signs include:
2. Daytime fatigue
3. Craving carbohydrates
4. Weight gain
6. Decreased interest in sex
9. Suicidal thoughts
10. Social withdrawal
11. Lack of interest in daily activities
If you think that you or a loved one may be suffering from SAD contact your health care professional and seek treatment. Life should be lived happily and without fear and doubt, so be healthy, be happy, and live freely.