Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Depression

By: Mercedes Renter

What is seasonal depression? Seasonal depression also known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can occur when one does not feel like themselves and their mood begins to change when the season begins and/or ends. Seasonal Depression is characterized as a type of depression by its recurrent seasonal pattern. The two different types of SAD are winter and summer. People who feel symptoms are beginning in the late fall or early winter and tend to go away during the spring and summer are suffering from Winter SAD. Individuals who experience depressive episodes during the spring and summer months may suffer from Summer SAD.

Winter SAD symptoms include

  • Hypersomnia
  • Overeating
  • Weight Gain
  • Social Withdrawing

Summer SAD symptoms include

  • Insomnia
  • Poor appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Episodes of Violent Behavior

A few self-care steps that can be done all year long and may help reduce your seasonal depression are exercise, healthy sleep habits, limiting the amount of sugar you consume and going outside on sunny days.

If you or someone you know is struggling with Seasonal Depression please contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrics, psychiatric nurse practitioners, or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling and Psychotherapy. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively at (201)-368-3700 or (212)-722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, please visit


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