Be aware of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Well it’s that time of year again folks. The clocks go back, and we all start to really feel winter settling in. It’s this time of year when my phone rings the most; people around the Stockport area who are depressed often seem to feel much more depressed once the days become shorter. Some people even feel so depressed that they are diagnosed with a particular form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, as it is aptly shortened to.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is depression that follows a seasonal pattern. The sufferer feels more depressed in the winter months as natural light is in short supply. Some Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers buy a ‘light box’, which gives out a light similar to natural light. This is meant to lift the depression of the SAD sufferer. I’ve heard mixed reports on them, so I can’t really say if they work or not but hey, they can’t hurt!

It’s dark outside as I write this, I’m between clients just starting the twilight shift, and a bit of natural light wouldn’t go amiss to be honest!