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How Can You Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Hello, winter!

While some of us look forward to this time of year, especially the holidays, there are also times where the cold temperatures and dreary weather can just get to be too much.

When winter strikes, our risk for seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, increases. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants you to know the causes of SAD, as well as treatment that can help.

Is There Really Such a Thing as SAD?

The National Institutes of Health identify SAD as a medical condition that commonly occurs in the late fall through winter. It's defined as a type of depression that typically occurs due to seasonal change and the associated weather and lighting changes.

Because it's often mistaken for the “winter blues,” it is important to seek medical attention if you aren't feeling like yourself for a length of time.

Causes of Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Your biological clock
  • Serotonin levels
  • Melatonin levels

How Do You Know If You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Are you feeling hopeless? Do you feel as though you are lacking the energy you usually have and for no good reason? Then you might be experiencing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

Be sure to visit our urgent care center to discuss these symptoms, as well as any changes in sleep or appetite, so that you can get back to enjoying your health and the holidays!

Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Light therapy
  • Physical exercise
  • Antidepressants
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Chronotherapy

Do you think you might have a seasonal affective disorder? Be sure to visit AFC Urgent Care Centennialtoday. No appointment is necessary!