WAOW, Wisconsin (WAOW) — Days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer, and may be replaced by seasonal mood disorders.
With less than a month left until daylight saving time and less and less visible sunlight, health officials say it’s time to fight seasonal depression.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that follows seasonal patterns and is primarily related to sunlight.
“When that happens, your body doesn’t produce enough serotonin and you start to feel a little depressed and have less energy,” says Dakota Kaiser, Behavioral Health Clinic Director at Bridge Community Health Clinic.
So as fall and winter begin to creep in, watch out for the signs and symptoms of mood swings.
“The first signs are that you’re feeling a little down, depressed, a little irritable, as well as things like muscle aches, or you’re starting to crave carbs more than usual.” Kaiser said. .
Other symptoms to watch out for include changes in sleep patterns, fatigue, and loss of interest in hobbies.
When it comes to taking action, it’s better to start treatment sooner rather than later.
“Usually when I meet with patients, we start talking about possible depressive symptoms and in July we start considering vitamin D and light therapy,” said Heidi Pritzl, counselor at Aspirus. I’m here.
In addition to supplemental sunlight, it also recommends maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
“Follow your routine and practice basic self-care, such as eating well, exercising, and sleeping well, staying connected to the people who support you most, and taking care of yourself physically and mentally. It’s about taking care of yourself,” Kaiser said.
He also said to make sure people are in contact with providers and seeking psychotherapy if needed.