Ask Liz: Seasonal Affective Disorder

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"Seasonal depression. Why is it a thing?!!!" -Anonymous Dearest Anonymous,

Thanks so much for your question! Seasonal depression aka seasonal affective disorder or SAD (ironic right?!) is definitely super annoying and super common! It tends to happen to us Mainahs more often because of our location, since we're further away from the equator. During the winter months, we have decreased sunlight as well as longer days. There are other not so obvious reasons as to why we get it too like changes in our serotonin and melatonin levels. But there is hope and ways to treat SAD-light therapy, medications, psychotherapy, making your environment sunnier/ brighter, going outside and of course the age old "cure" to any mental health disorder - exercise. I would definitely recommend talking to your doctor before starting any treatment. They'll be able to help you decide what treatment is best.

As always, best wishes and less snow!

Liz

If you or anyone you know is struggling please reach out to the statewide crisis hotline at 1-888-568-1112

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