Men’s Health MonthNovember 23, 2022
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What can we do?
As we enter into another season shift, we are also entering into a potential shift in our emotional well-being. This is otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Recognizing that we may be affected by the shift in our environment can be helpful. This ensures we are properly taking care of ourselves through the seasonal shifts. Our days and the amount of sunlight that we experience within the winter months are changing. It important to remember the value of taking care of oneself.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs during moments of seasonal changes. Generally, symptoms appear and disappear around the same time (CAMH, n.d.). Research shows that SAD occurs due to a change in the amount of sunlight that one is exposed to.
If you feel this is affecting you, it could be helpful to explore the treatments that have been effective. Through the use of a variety of options can allow an individual to gain relief from their symptoms. Light therapy, medication and therapy may be options that can help.
Types of Treatment
One type of treatment that has been seen to be helpful is light therapy. Light therapy uses artificial light that mirrors natural light. Thus providing the body with the feeling that it is receiving the benefits of natural light (Mayo Clinic, 2022).
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may also be helpful for those who are experiencing seasonal affective disorder. Building healthy coping strategies, shifting thought patterns, and managing life stressors are strategies that may be explored within CBT. Exploring these options, it can help lessen the symptoms that one may be experiencing.
As always, our team of professional therapists at OCCS is happy to help those who are looking for support. Looking to book an appointment or want a free consultation? Please visit our bookings page or contact us.
CAMH. (n.d.) – https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/
Mayo Clinic. (2022, March 30) – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/
Written by: Cassidy Laskosky, BA Psych, MACP
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