It’s about that time of the year again — the days are getting shorter, the nights darker, and the weather’s getting colder.
The loss of all the bright, sunny weather is enough to make anyone feel sad, but it just might make some people develop stronger depressive feelings — such as S.A.D.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. For most people, symptoms begin in the fall and lead into the winter months, consuming all of your energy and making you feel tired and upset.
People often think that SAD occurs because of the shorter days and decreased winter sunlight. It’s also been linked to melatonin, a sleep-related hormone. The body naturally produces more melatonin in darkness, causing increased tiredness and reduced motivation on darker days.
You shouldn’t brush off seasonal depression as ‘winter blues’ or something that you have to endure entirely on your own. At our clinic, we can help you take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year. On our clinic’s website, we offer a multitude of English-language Screening Tests that check for symptoms of mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, alcohol dependency, and ADHD. If the results of any one of these tests leave you feeling concerned, a good first step towards recovery is booking an appointment with a counselor or psychiatrist at our clinic.
At our clinic, we offer services in English and can provide same-day appointments to those with busy schedules. We’re also open on weekends and holidays. To schedule an appointment in English, please email us or visit our English Booking Website.