“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.” (2017).
Seasonal affective disorder can affect anyone and should not be taken lightly. Usually it starts in the Fall and ends in early winter, and sometimes it can affect the opposite way, affecting them in Summer and Spring and ending in Fall. You know its crazy to think that seasons can affect people this way, but unfortunately it does, and it should be not taken lightly. As the seasons go on the symptoms can get progressively worse. Signs and Symptoms can include:
Signs and symptoms of SAD may include:
Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD, sometimes called winter depression, may include:
Symptoms specific to summer-onset seasonal affective disorder, sometimes called summer depression, may include:
Treatments that can help you cope with SAD can include Music and/or Art Therapy. Music Therapy “is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.” (n.d.). Art therapy “is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.” (n.d.). Both therapies can be used to help cope and elevate some of those symptoms related to SAD.
American Music Therapy Association. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.musictherapy.org/about/quotes/.
Evidence-Based Resource Summary. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/tools-resources/evidence-based-resource/music-therapy-for-depression.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). (2017, October 25). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20364722.