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Towards the end of Autumn and the Winter months our Psychologists are very busy and frequently booked out. I have found that there are distinct peaks in the number of enquiries and bookings we take, and in general, the winter months keeps us quite busy. This pattern has become so common that I now tell clients who battle depression to keep a watchful eye on their mood from April and, to book in if they start to notice the first signs of a mood dip. As the colder months approach, and with the shortening of days we have less light and less energy levels which can lead to mood disruptions. For some, this disruption in mood can be isolated mainly to the winter months and seems to lift in the summer months. This is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder , SAD for short. SAD is characterised by a discrete episode of a low mood in the winter months where symptoms of lethargy, impaired memory and concentration, significant changes in appetite (sometimes with increased craving for carbohydrates) and profound feelings of hopelessness co-occur. There have been instances in our clinic where we have clients who noticed that thoughts of leaving their jobs or having increased relationship disruptions occur typically in the winter months.
Increasing one’s exposure to light, eating healthily and scheduling exercise are wise things to put into place if this is something that troubles you. Seeking professional therapy to support you during these months would help to put a structure to these steps as well as to remedy the pervasive negativity that tends to set in. Some of our clients battled with the SADs for many years before realising the pattern and seeking help. Once initiated, however the steps to recovery are not impossible. For more information contact the Centre For Effective Living main line on 1800 832 588.