Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD]

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that only affects people during certain seasons. Traditionally people experiencing SAD will find that the during winter months their mood and energy levels are greatly affected to the point that it impacts on their everyday life.

The majority of SAD symptoms are the same as depression, but additionally people will feel they need to sleep more and eat more. SAD is most severe between December and February. The condition is thought to be linked to the sun and a lack of daylight hours during winter. In some occasions people experience SAD during summer months instead.

Common Experiences of SAD

  • Sleep problems, usually oversleeping.
  • A lack of energy.
  • Low mood.
  • Anxiety.
  • A loss of motivation.
  • Overeating.

 Personal Story

“I suffer from SAD. I have suffered for years and have only recently been diagnosed. I find it especially hard during Christmas, which I am working on, however some people truly believe those that suffer could deal with it better because who doesn't love Christmas? It's just one day, right?"

“People, who have never suffered, do not understand how powerful depression can shadow and control your life until you've mentally been there. They just believe it's all in your head.”

- Paula Swan

Read Paula's story here

More Information

The Mental Health Foundation: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad
The Seasonal Affective Disorder Association: www.sada.org.uk