I live in sunny California, but even here when the days get shorter I notice people’s energy level, mood and productivity goes down. Therapy Helps!
According to Mayo Clinic ‘Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.’
Treatment includes light therapy (if you haven’t see Broad City’s episode about this you should!), medication and psychotherapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most affective for sufferers. We will work on first diagnosing the problem and ruling out other causes of depression. Then the work focuses on replacing negative thoughts and creating new behaviors such as cutting out junk food and increasing exercise. After about 6 consecutive sessions clients see improved mood and energy.