Depressed During the Holidays?

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder

Depressed During the Holidays?

Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder


The holiday season is a time for friends and family to come together in the spirit of joy and happiness.  Trees are being decorated. Lights are shining brightly throughout communities. The excitement and anticipation of the season is in the air at various shopping venues.


It may seem strange that during a time of such heightened joy that people experience depression.  This depression usually occurs during the colder months and is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).


The symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder usually start during the fall and escalate to a greater degree during the winter season.  During the fall and winter, days become shorter, decreasing the opportunity of being exposed to sunlight.  People who live in places where winter nights are long are at great risk
for Seasonal affective Disorder (SAD).


Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD)

  • Increased appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Increased sleepiness


Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

  • Exercising outdoors during daylight hours
  • Prescribed anti-depressants by your physician
  • Talk therapy with a professional counselor


If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, please contact your health care provider. Also, seeking the help a professional counselor may help you to deal with and maybe even prevent some of the symptoms.

NewVision Counseling of Charlotte NC provides counseling services to women experiencing depression.

NewVision Counseling and Consulting Services, PLLC

1905 J N Pease Pl Ste 202

Charlotte NC  28262





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    Hi Rita,

    Very important information about symptoms of and treatment for seasonal affective disorder.

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