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Seasonal Affective Disorder

January 19, 2017

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a recurring depression that affects individuals during the cold winter months and then recedes during the spring and summer.

It is estimated that 1 in 15 adults suffer from SAD. The disorder is most common for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s, although it can also occur in children, adolescents and the elderly.

SAD can have a serious impact on your desire to work and your overall well-being. Symptoms of SAD can vary, depending on the severity of the condition, but generally include the following:

If you believe that you or a co-worker are suffering from SAD, it’s important to keep in mind the following coping strategies:

  1. Expose yourself to more light. Increasing the amount of natural light in your home and at work can have a positive impact on your mood.
  2. Get active. Whenever possible, go outside and get some exercise. This can help reduce stress and anxiety.
  3. Reduce stress. Managing stress and finding time to relax can help limit the effects of SAD.
  4. Talking therapies. These types of strategies can help you process your thoughts and emotions in a healthy and productive manner.

If you believe you may be suffering from SAD, it’s important to speak to your GP. He or she may recommend medication and other SAD-management approaches. Additionally, you should speak with your manager to ensure that they are aware of your condition and can work with you to find ways to assist.

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