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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Awareness - December 2021

Monthly Awareness topic for December 2021

Seasonal Depression infographic
symptoms of SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year. It occurs in climates where there is less sunlight at certain times of the year.

Symptoms can be experienced both physically and mentally. Body symptoms include appetite changes, chronic achiness/tiredness, changes to sleep patterns, weight gain, difficulties concentrating. Emotional symptoms include irritability, depression, hopelessness, social isolation/loneliness, anxiety.

Treatment can be found in light therapy (phototherapy), talk therapy, and medications (anti-depressants), as well as exercise and attention to lifestyle (healthy sleep and nutrition).

Talk to your primary care doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms and think they might be SAD. You can also make an appointment with a counselor or therapist to work on strategies to help your mood.

As a student at RCC, you have access to no-cost, confidential counseling with licensed and pre-licensed mental health counselors. To schedule an appointment, please email or call 541-956-7443