For many people in the country, autumn is a celebrated time of year with trips to the pumpkin patch, apple orchards, and halloween decorations. But for others, autumn marks the beginning of their Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Like the slow change of the leaves from green, to yellow to red, SAD also comes gradually. SAD is a form of depression that brings a potentially heavy list of symptoms including; loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, low energy, sleep difficulties, changes in appetite, moody, sluggish, agitated, hopelessness and even suicidal thoughts.
There are three types of treatment that have been proven to help with SAD. The first is talk therapy. That means meeting with a counselor to discuss symptoms and then coming up with strategies to cope with the difficulties that you are currently facing. Phototherapy (or light therapy) is another form of treatment which involves sitting under special lights that produce ultraviolet light, simulating the sun’s rays. The third form of treatment is medication which you could discuss with your doctor.
At Heritage Counseling Center, we partner with our clients to work through the frustrations associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Don’t let another winter go by while suffering with these symptoms, we are here to help! Call 815-577-8970 today to schedule an appointment.
24020 W. Riverwalk Court
Plainfield IL 60544