According to the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario 5% of Canadians struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder and 15% with Winter Blues. Symptoms can include low energy, low motivation, increased drowsiness, and feelings of hopelessness. Melrose (2015), explains Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as a recurrent depression with a seasonal pattern, and winter blues as having symptoms of SAD but does not meet the criteria for diagnosis. Research has shown some of the most effective forms of treatment are medication, light therapy, vitamin D and counselling/therapy. Here I share three ways of coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder:
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I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.