SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

 Seasonal affective disorder, or seasonal depression, is a type of depression that occurs during a specific part of the year, typically during winter and the colder months. Four times more women than men have SAD, and young adults are the most at risk. Common treatments include medication, light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and vitamin D supplementation

 
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Symptoms

Feeling hopeless or worthless

Lack of energy

Feeling agitated

Suicidal thoughts

Overeating and weight gain

Hypersomnia

Social withdrawal​

Poor appetite and weight loss

Insomnia

Anxiety

 

STIGMA AROUND SEASONAL DEPRESSION

Misconception vs. Reality

"SAD isn’t that bad; you probably just have the ‘winter blues’. "

Yes, some people might feel more down or less productive during winter, but SAD is more severe- it is a form of depression.

"You’re still coming to work/school/etc, so you must be fine."

Just because people act ok, doesn’t mean they’re actually ok or don't need support. This is true for all mental illnesses

There’s no cure for SAD.

There are several effective treatments for SAD. 

 

RESOURCES

Project Calendula is intended to be a prelude for your mental health journey by guiding your education and advocacy. We are not a mental health service. 

If you or someone you know are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.): 800-273-8255

If you or someone you know are struggling, please visit the resources at the bottom of this section to find a mental health professional near you.


Please visit any of the following websites for further information on mental illness education.

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA

For an overview, treatment, and support visit NAMI's website for more info!

MAYO CLINIC

For an overview on causes, symptoms, treatment and more related articles visit Mayo Clinic.

HELP GUIDE

For information on treatment and self-help for depression visit Help guide.

 
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