Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
30 paź 2019

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

It’s now November, the clocks have gone back, it gets dark earlier and the cold weather is upon us, so I thought a blog about SAD would be appropriate!

SAD can be taking affect now, although it can affect people at different times, some may be affected during the summer and feel much better in the winter. I myself am starting to feel it, low energy levels, very moody, craving food, it’s like I have my own little black cloud above me, but I have recently purchased a SAD lamp so will see if things improve.

Here is some information about Seasonal Affective Disorder, treatments and useful links. 

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

It is a type of depression that’s affects people during particular seasons or times of year, it is also known as Winter Depression.


  • Low mood

  • Loss of interest in everyday activities

  • Feeling irritable

  • Feeling worthless

  • Feelings of despair

  • Lack of energy and sleepy during the day

  • Finding it hard to get up in the morning

  • Craving carbohydrates and gaining weight

These can all have a major impact on your day to day lives

Causes of SAD

The exact cause is not clear but some suggested factors that can lead to SAD are

  • The effect of light

  • Disrupted body clock

  • High melatonin levels

  • Weather and temperatures


Some treatments used are:

Light therapy – a special lamp to simulate sunlight

Lifestyle – getting natural sunlight and regular exercise

Talking – Cognitive behavioural therapy or counselling

Medication – anti depressants such as SSRIs

If you think you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder you can book an online consultation with us for just £20. Visit our website and click create an account

Our friendly NHS trained doctors are ready to offer help and advice about treatment.

Useful Links