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How to identify seasonal affective disorder

How to identify seasonal affective disorder
20th September 2012

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is an often overlooked mental health problem and many with the condition go undiagnosed.

This is the result of a lack of awareness and knowledge about the symptoms. Therefore, as the winter fast approaches, it is vital that Britons watch out for tell tale signs of SAD.

Those with the condition will often develop depression, sleep problems, lethargy, over eating, loss of concentration, social difficulties, anxiety, loss of libido and mood changes at specific times of the year.

Dr Sarah Brewer from the Henry Potter Advisory Committee, elaborated:  "SAD usually recurs each year, and the diagnosis is made when someone has had three winters of symptoms, two of which are consecutive, with symptoms improving during the summer months."

Luckily there are things that can be done to prevent and manage SAD. Ms Brewer advises getting as much light as possible, keeping warm and trying to get up early, as lying in bed causes lethargy.

Read about support and personalised care at Barchester care homes for anyone with mental health concerns.