It’s that time of year when the leaves are changing and rain is more persistent in the Pacific Northwest. Some people long for these dark, gray days so they can cozy up with a cup of coffee and a good book. For others, this is a time of year that they struggle with depression.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is defined as at least a two-year history of depression that is present from the winter until spring. Typical symptoms of SAD include:
Some patients with SAD are placed on anti-depressants, which can be helpful. For those who want to avoid medications there are many alternatives:
If you think you are experiencing symptoms of SAD, make sure that you are properly evaluated. Instead of feeling down this winter, make an appointment with a naturopathic doctor who can help you with specific lifestyle and supplement recommendations to keep the winter blues at bay!
— By Emily Lesnak, ND, resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.