Seasonal Affective Disorder
Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder in Wolverhampton
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern which tends to occur at the same time each year, usually during the winter time leading to it also being known as “Winter Depression.”
The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter and become most pronounced during December, January and February.
In most cases the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder begin to improve in the spring before eventually disappearing.
As with other types of Depression, the two main symptoms of SAD are a low mood and a lack of interest in life.
Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder
As with all forms of depression, the main symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder include a low mood and a loss of interest in normal everyday activities.
Other symptoms can include:
- Feeling irritable
- Feelings of despair
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Low self-esteem
- Crying, often spontaneously
- Feeling stressed
- Loss of Interest in Sex
For many people, Seasonal Affective Disorder can be difficult to live with and it can have a significant effect on day-to-day life.
If you think that you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or any other Depression related problem, we urge you, in the first instance, to consult your Doctor prior to consulting for any kind of therapy with us.
What Causes Seasonal Affective Disorder?
The exact cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder isn’t fully understood, but it has been suggested that it is linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter days of the year.
One theory is that light stimulates a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which controls mood, appetite and sleep.
Whilst this seems like a reasonable idea it doesn’t explain why some people are affected by the dark winter nights and others (in fact the majority) are not.
Seasonal Affective Disorder may be impacted as much by limiting beliefs as by the reduced amount of sunlight, indeed, SAD may be the product of unhelpful thinking in itself!
Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment
Seasonal Affective Disorder, in common with many other problems and conditions, is often made worse by “un-helpful” thinking traits or “distorted” belief systems. (The way we perceive the World around us).
The limiting beliefs associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder may have been created by an actual negative experience that has now been “blown out of proportion” or indeed may be the result of “imagined experiences” which can lead to the same outcome – the experience of Anxiety related symptoms.
If we can learn how to manage these limiting beliefs or cognitive distortions using the tools and techniques contained in therapies such as the Thrive Programme or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, then we can also learn how to control the emotional experiences that we have – ie. manage the symptoms.
It is also possible that people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder may have some other emotional or childhood trauma problems that are indirectly related to the problem itself but still create Anxiety and Stress which make the symptoms worse.
In these cases, as it is may be more difficult to identify the distorted thinking or limiting beliefs associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder itself and therefore following a course of Psychoanalysis may be more beneficial.
Types of Therapy available for Seasonal Affective Disorder
We offer both Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy based solutions for Seasonal Affective Disorder – choosing the right type of therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder probably has more to do with you and your personality type rather than which form of therapy is more effective, so if you are in any doubt you can always arrange to come along for one of our FREE initial assessments and we will advise you based on which therapy we think is most suited to YOU.