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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