September is approaching, and with it comes the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for many in Wisconsin. During the past two weeks, I’ve blogged about SAD symptoms and strategies to self-treat mild SAD cases.
If your case of the “winter blues” seems severe and you find yourself unable to handle it on your own, I would highly recommend seeking professional help.
- Start by talking to your doctor. He or she may suggest medication or psychotherapy to help you with SAD.
- Light therapy is another option. However, it is important that you speak to your doctor first before trying to treat a severe case of SAD on your own.
If you end up seeking professional help for SAD, you still can benefit from the self-treatment tips in my previous post. Those techniques can be used in combination with any other treatment you receive. Using those skills, you may eventually be empowered to manage the “winter blues” on your own.
I hope you now better understand the “winter blues” and SAD. If you notice the symptoms, apply the self-help techniques, and reach out for help when you need it, winter can be just as enjoyable as summer. I encourage you to be attentive to your mood so you can feel happy and healthy all year long!
*Information gathered from www.helpguide.org
Kayci Lorenz is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Training. She focuses on young adults dealing with a variety of mental wellness concerns, including anxiety and stress management. She sees clients at our Menasha location and at the UW-Fox Valley campus.