Winter blues – a real problem for some people

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Monday 20th October 2008

After getting soaked in the rain, then battling against the wind as I pushed myself down the street, it was hardly surprising that i turned up for work in a bad mood. None of us like the shorter days, the colder mornings and the general negativity that winter brings with it. But for some people it can be a real problem and causes a form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

According to the NHS, around 1 in 50 people have SAD in the UK and can be extremely difficult to live with. Symptoms such as tiredness, lethargy, stress and general unhappiness are caused by reduced exposure to light. It is more common in people aged 18-30 and milder forms do exist. SAD can have drastic effects on your ability to concentrate, sleep and even just get up in the morning.

The good news is that there are treatments out there to ease the symptoms and to help sufferers to get through the winter months, ready for the perkier springtime! The NHS gives a great overview of the symptoms, causes, diagnosis etc, whilst it is definitely¬†worth checking out the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association’s website, where you can send for an info pack on how to help yourself with SAD, such as altering the lighting in your home or workplace.

Feel free to share your experiences of SAD here, or tips on how to combat the winter blues.

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