What are the Symptoms of SAD?

There are varying degrees of SAD but in general, to be diagnosed with SAD, you need to have symptoms of major depression as well some of the following:

 

  • Extreme fatigue and lack of energy

  • Hypersomnia

  • Overeating

  • Weight gain

  • Craving for carbohydrates

  • Withdrawal from personal and social activities (feel like “hibernating”)

  • Agitation

  • Restlessness

  • Anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Inability to concentrate

  • A “leaden” sensation in the limbs

 

 

How to Beat SAD

First and foremost, you should talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Thankfully there are proven ways to help beat or at least reduce the severity of mild to moderate SAD symptoms that you can try yourself that can make a big difference.

 

Get Outside and Exercise – Light therapy is the number one treatment for all severity levels of SAD. This is the most important thing you can do to help your SAD symptoms though it is often the one thing that you don’t want to do. Exposure to the sunlight in the daytime along with consistent exercise might be all that’s needed to keep your SAD symptoms at bay. If your work hours affect your exposure to sunlight, commit to a lunch break walk or workout outside. For the more severe cases, special lighting can be brought into the home/office to increase exposure. 

 

Get a Personal Trainer – It’s tough to get out and keep an exercise regime when you’re depressed, even if you know it’s good for you. Hiring a personal trainer helps give that extra motivation and accountability to keep you active.

 

Stick to a Healthy Diet – Focus on eating proteins, lots of vegetables, and complex carbohydrates while avoiding processed foods and sugars.

 

Take Vitamin D – Studies have shown that depressed individuals are often low on vitamin D. A supplement may help keep levels normal.

 

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