Seasonal Affective Disorder & Depression

Dr. Wichman was on FOX43 discussing how seasonal effective disorder (SAD) is becoming more apparent this year with extra stress. This year is unique in that with all of the extra stress of Covid, changes in work patterns and big changes in how we celebrate holidays. SAD is treated similar to depression but there are some more options for helping with seasonal affective disorder including light box therapy.

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With daylight hours getting less it is very normal for winter blues to start affecting patients.

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People with SAD experience mood changes and symptoms similar to depression. The symptoms usually occur during the fall and winter months when there is less sunlight and usually improve with the arrival of spring. The most difficult months for people with SAD in the United States tend to be January and February. While it is much less common, some people experience SAD in the summer.

SAD is more than just “winter blues.” The symptoms can be distressing and overwhelming and can interfere with daily functioning. However, it can be treated. About 5 percent of adults in the U.S. experience SAD and it typically lasts about 40 percent of the year. It is more common among women than men.

Talking with your primary care physician about how you are feeling about options that are available to you. As always Breakaway TMS and Psychiatry is here to help you if you are struggling. Please do not hesitate to call for help!

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Dr. Wichman and the staff at Breakaway are here to help you through this winter.

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