Be Aware of Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD This Winter

As a nurse and healthcare professional it is helpful to be aware of many conditions that could affect your patients. One of these that you’ll want to know about especially for the winter and cold weather months is Seasonal Affective Disorder, also called SAD.


People who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder become depressed during the winter, or even during the summer. They are typically affected as the seasons change. SAD was formally named and described in 1984 by Norman E. Rosenthal and other colleagues at the National Institute of Health.


Symptoms for those with SAD can include the following:


  • Trouble getting up in the morning



  • Chronic tendency to oversleep


  • Overeating, a craving for carbohydrates can be considered a sign of SAD


  • Weight gain (often related to overeating and lethargy)


  • Lack of energy


  • Trouble concentrating or finishing tasks


  • Withdrawing from others


  • Lack of sex drive


  • Depressive feelings including hopelessness and a lack of pleasure



A person with SAD may have some or a few of these symptoms or may have all of them. Some who are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder also have Bipolar Disorder.


Treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder that is winter-based can range from light therapy with sunlight or bright lights, taking antidepressants, therapy sessions, ionized-air administration and melatonin that is carefully timed when administered.


Winter months include days that get darker earlier and they are also colder. This logically may affect how often people get together and socialize, or how comfortable they feel going outdoors. Another tactic to take is to be sure that they are wearing a warm coat, gloves and taking proper precautions when they go outdoors so they are comfortable enough to still enjoy daily life during winter in your climate, whether it is mild, chilly or more severe. Doing this may help patients to become more social, but it is still critical to take a look at SAD symptoms and consider treatment.


If you as a healthcare professional think you are affected by SAD, seek professional help to combat this condition. Don’t go it alone or think it will just go away on its own. If you see patients exhibiting SAD symptoms, consider that Seasonal Affective Disorder may be affecting them and investigate further with a follow-up session or a referral to a mental health professional.




About Saleem Mohammed
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: I have substantial experience in Healthcare Marketing and PR, Human Resources Management, Medical Staffing, Outsourcing & Backroom Office Establishment and Management, Healthcare Account Management, and Multimedia Marketing. My recruitment experience covers nurses, therapists and other allied healthcare workers that are sourced all over US and overseas. As BDO, I brought a start-up company to its highest revenue mark, expanded its menu of services, designed & streamlined HR procedures and built effective cost-cutting measures. SPECIALTIES include, but is not limited to: Healthcare Marketing, Human Resources Management, Medical Staffing, Staffing Coordinator, Healthcare Recruitment, Account Management, Business Development, Healthcare Sales and Pricing Strategy, HR Training & Development, Career Coaching

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