While many people are negatively affected by the reduction in daylight—making them feel gloomy—as much as 3% of the population has seasonal affective disorder.
SAD is more than just what people refer to as the “winter blues”. Those who have it find it difficult to function when it rears its head.
Canadian Mental Health Association has this to say about the disorder:
“SAD can be a debilitating condition, preventing sufferers from functioning normally. It may affect their personal and professional lives, and seriously limit their potential. It is important to learn about the symptoms, and to know that there is treatment to help people with SAD live a productive life year-round.”
So, how can you treat seasonal affective disorder? Well, if you have serious symptoms, you should contact a mental health provider to see what options are available to you, including counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy. If you have mild symptoms, there are 6 natural solutions that may alleviate those symptoms.