More than 8 million people live in New York City and many of them are SAD, all winter long. As the October leaves begin to change and glide from their branches, the days become increasingly shorter and darker. This is when many people begin to feel the nudge of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Tis the season when many seek the help of a mental health professional such as a psychotherapist or psychologist to help them manage their symptoms. Yes, the holidays are a problem for sure -- a time when big emotions and feelings are triggered. It's when many feel the pain of loss and family conflicts. But for many, the depression and lethargy are the result of insufficient sunlight. To make matters worse, many leave for work early in the morning when it is dark, have lunch in the conference room and return home in the evening. Some never see the light of day; office lighting is never a replacement for natural light.
So what is SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder? According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD is “a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year.” Symptoms of SAD include depression, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdrawal, appetite and sleep changes, disinterest in sex, immune system suppression and lack of interest in normal activities.
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Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a New York City Psychotherapist + Consultant who splits her time between Manhattan and Santa Fe, providing online therapy to individuals and couples. With extensive training and experience, she provides psychological consultation, psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and executive coaching to a range of clients including VIP's + high-profile clients. As a women's emotional health + relationship expert, her specialties include: anxiety, depression, trauma resolution, addictions, relationship, intimacy and sexual concerns, health + autoimmune issues, loss + grief and women's mentoring. She enjoys writing, photography, yoga, meditation, travel and really good key lime pie. She lives with her husband, psychologist, scholar and mindfulness expert John Chambers Christopher. For more, subscribe to her newsletter or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Psychology Today, EMDRIA and her personal websites KimSeelbrede.com, Santa Fe Integrative Psychotherapy or Well+Being Blog.