The symptoms include:
- persistent low mood
- loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
- feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
- sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
- craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
For some people, these symptoms can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day activities. It is thought that a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain working properly and impacting on certain hormone levels. For those whose syptoms are so bad that they can’t live a normal life, they should seek advice from their GP.
Caring and Seasonal Affective Disorder
Detailed below are some tips which may help with Caring and Seasonal Affective Disorder including how to help combat it.
Keep active and go outside
Alternatively, perhaps try to sit near a window. Chosing pale colours on the walls or using mirrors may help to reflect light from outside.
Try something new
Taking on a new interest can give you somehting to look forward to and to think about as well as keeping your mind active.
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