When it feels bleaker than Winterfell and your world is full of dark thoughts and duvet diving ; could it be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

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As Autumn turns to Winter, the beautiful blanket of leaves in the parks turn into a soggy mush and we prepare ourselves in mid October for the onslaught of Xmas jingles and forced jolliness, it can understandably feel like a testing time of year for many of us; it may be a catalyst for some general grumbling and mild irritation, although, let’s face it, bemoaning the British winters is something of a national pastime.

However for about 3% of the population, there is an altogether more serious decline in their mood, which is caused by a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), thought to be caused by a change in body clock and decreased melatonin and serotonin levels. Read More

Why spring can be difficult for some depression sufferers

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Many of us may sigh with relief when Spring is around the corner, the crocuses and the daffodils are emerging, there is the prospect of longer lighter days and warmer weather. Having hunkered down with our box sets of Game of Thrones or Mad Men (or whatever ticks the box for you!) during the long winter months, we can finally think about getting outside more and generally it feels like the start of a more sociable time of the year. Extra sunlight can increase levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, which also can improve the mood.

For some, winter is an especially tough time as a combination of change in body clock, decreased melatonin and serotonin levels triggers a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) ( See my blog specifically on SAD for more information and types of treatments for it) also known as “winter depression.” Read More