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Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of de-pression related to changes in the seasons, typically fall and winter. It’s thought to be related to the fact that during the winter months we have shorter days. SAD affects an estimated 10 million Americans with women being four times more likely to be diagnosed with it than men.

The specific cause of seasonal affective disorder re-mains unknown. It’s likely as with many mental health condi-tons, that genetics, age, and perhaps most importantly, your body’s natural chemical makeup all play a role in developing the condition. A few specific factors that may come into play in-Iclude possible biochemical imbalance in the hypothalamus due to the shortening of daylight processed whole adrenal hours and the lack of sunlight in the winter months. Reduced sunlight can cause a drop in ser-tic combination of micronutrients and herbs. concentrate in a synergis otonin, a brain chemical that affects mood, that may trigger depression.

Some symptoms of SAD may include depression, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of ener-3y, oversleeping, appetite changes, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, loss of libido, and mood changes. It’s normal to have days when you feel down, but if you feel down for days at a time and you can’t seem to get motivated to do activities you normally enjoy, or that your sleep patterns and appetite have changed or if you feel hopeless or think about suicide, it may be SAD. Most sufferers show signs of a weakened immune system during the winter and are more vulnerable to infections and other illnesses. Usually these svmptoms disappear in the spring or early summer, depending on the intensity and exposure to sunlight.

dulging in sweets and high carbohydrate foods (comfort foods) may give you a quick fix, but follow with a nasty crash leaving you more vulnerable to depression. You can also add supplements to help get those nutrients. CHF #93 Vitamin D may help improve your immune system and it isn’t called the sunshine vitamin for nothing! CHF #24 Adrenal helps support your adrenal gland, helps increase energy, and helps with stress. CHF #107 Gabat helps reduce mental and physical stress, lowers anxiety, creates a calmness of mood and facilitates sleep.

CHF #107 May help reduce mental & physical stress, lower anxiety, creates a calmness mood. and facilitates sleep.

CHF #98C Rhodiola-Ashwagandha may help with depression, anxiety, stress and other nervous disorders. CHF #43 Omega 3 is great for brain health. Make your area brighter and sunnier by opening the blinds, pull those curtains back and let the sunshine in! Using a light box that emits higher intensity light has been shown to help easy symptoms (we’re fans of it in the shipping department). Get outside and go for a walk; you’re getting that natural sunshine and


fresh air. Even on cloudy or cold days. Exercising can help relieve stress and anxiety; yoga, tai chi, meditation are great ways to connect your mind and body and help relax. Socialize more; it can be hard to be social when you’re feeling down but connecting with people that you enjoy being around can be helpful. They can listen, offer support, a should to cry on or laugh with.

Exercise, balanced diet, nutritional support, light therapy, and socializing are certainly suggested for overall health and brain function and may help in beating the winter blues.