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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder in ReignRTC

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ReignRTC embraces the awareness that much influences mental health, especially how mood changes with the calendar seasons. SAD, also known as seasonal depression, is a type of depression related to seasonal changes. In this article, we will be understanding the phenomenon and its symptoms, the causes, and how effective the treatments ReignRTC offers could be in aiding people cope with this condition.

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, abbreviated as SAD, is a depression typically manifesting during the fall and early winter months when natural light levels are scarce. There is a reversal of these symptoms in spring and summer. The problem for those suffering from SAD, however, is that treatment symptoms may be chronic, severe depression, and a mental health disorder that profoundly affects one's quality of life every year.

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What Are The Symptoms Of SAD?

Symptoms of SAD are pretty similar to those of general depression and bipolar disorder and include the following:

Symptoms of SAD
  • Persistent low mood
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in daily activities
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of despair, guilt, and worthlessness
  • Lethargy and sleepiness during the day
  • Sleeping for longer than usual and finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • Craving carbohydrates and gaining weight

For some mental health professionals, these symptoms are severe, and a few weeks without enough sleep has a significant impact on a mental health professional’s functioning properly with day-to-day mental illness and mental health activities.

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What Causes SAD?

Although the exact cause of SAD isn't known, it is believed to relate to less exposure to sunlight during autumn and winter days. The main theories are:

Circadian Rhythm

The body’s internal clock might be thrown out of whack due to less sunlight, resulting in feelings of depression.

Serotonin Levels

Less sunlight might result in less serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, which might result in more depression symptoms.

Melatonin Levels

Seasonal change in sleep patterns also affects the body’s level of melatonin, which aids in diagnosing depressive symptoms and mood swings.

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How Is SAD Treated?

At ReignRTC, we offer an integrated treatment approach for SAD and help address individual needs. Our treatment options, alternative treatments, and plans may include:

Light Therapy
One of the first treatments for SAD is light therapy, which is the exposure to a very bright light almost every day during the fall and winter months in a lightbox to compensate for the lack of sun during summer depression, late fall and winter blues, and winter depression.  
CBT, specifically, is a form of talk therapy, usually referred to as mind therapy, tailored to address depression and SAD. This so-called talk therapy can assist the patient in managing the depressive symptoms by replacing negative thoughts and behaviors.
In cases of clinical depression, an antidepressant would be prescribed to address symptoms of mood disorder and combat symptoms of SAD, especially if symptoms of major depression or other mental health conditions or disorders are severe. 
Lifestyle Changes and Mindfulness Practices
Encouraging regular exercise, a healthy diet, dietary supplements, and mindfulness practices can help mental health professionals who treat depression and other mental illnesses and health conditions combat the symptoms of SAD.
Vitamin D
Some studies suggest a Vitamin D supplement might help improve mood.

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Recognizing that every individual's experience with SAD is unique, ReignRTC offers personalized care. Our team of experts works with each client to develop a treatment plan that addresses their specific symptoms and lifestyle, supporting them through the darker months of the year.

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Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), as well as major depressive disorder, depressive episodes, and shifts, is easy to find when seeking help with ReignRTC. Our experienced team will ensure proper management and intervention of your depression issues due to SAD. Contact us via our contact page, call regarding our services and procedures, or schedule a consultation. Let's fight SAD together and make you feel good in all seasons of life.

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