Seasonal Affective Disorder Resources
Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD as it is commonly known) is a mental health condition which is brought about by the changing seasons. It is a form of depression which usually occurs during the dark autumn and winter months when the nights are long and there is less sunlight. The condition usually improves with the onset of spring.
People with SAD are deeply affected by the seasonal changes and they become depressed, irritable, agitated, overly tired and restless. They may find it difficult to concentrate and very often they crave certain food which leads to weight gain.
Less common but equally debilitating is summer SAD. Sufferers of this type of depression exhibit the same symptoms as winter SAD but they are brought about by the onset of the brighter spring/summer months.
Treatment for SAD includes:
- Light therapy — exposure to light via a piece of equipment called a light box
- Physical exercise — such as walking, jogging, any type of sport etc
- Psychotherapy — GPs can recommend a good psychotherapist or counsellor
- Medication — in severe cases a GP may recommend anti-depressants for short-term use
With treatment and support it is possible to manage SAD effectively.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Topics
The seasonal affective disorder topics we produce resources for include:
- Symptoms of seasonal depression
- Therapies for seasonal affective disorder
- How to manage seasonal affective disorder
We publish seasonal affective disorder resources that support schools by providing help and information in an educational format. Our resource packs cover the details in a delicate way that informs as well as educates.
For Seasonal affective disorder resources for teachers, please view our seasonal affective disorder resource packs that cover a variety of issues as well as our lesson plans on seasonal affective disorder.
Teaching students about seasonal affective disorder can be a difficult task. Our aim is to produce resource packs that deal with the issues in a way that respects the privacy of anyone going through these issues.