Seasonal Affective Disorder Spikes After Holidays
The post-holiday blues are a real concern for those who suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression that spikes during the winter months.
People who sense a change in energy levels with the shift in seasons may suffer from the disorder. The most common form of SAD occurs during the winter months, especially in northern areas like Minnesota. Symptoms such as oversleeping, weight gain or a change in appetite can get more severe as the season progresses.
"People with mood disorders often times will have a seasonal component either in the Fall or Spring," said Andrew Archer, LICSW for Minnesota Mental Health Services. "For example, with bipolar disorder people have a tendency to have manic or depressive episodes."
Archer also said psychotherapy is a good way to identify behavioral or emotional patterns longitudinally for correcting the issue.
Experts say an increased exposure to sunlight and healthy lifestyle adjustments can help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder.
----KEYC News 12