Sad and Homeopathy
“Seasonal Affective Disorder” is a type of Winter depression which affects an estimated half a million people every Winter between September and April and, in particular, during December, January and February.
It is caused by a biochemical imbalance in the brain due to the shortening of daylight hours and the lack of sunlight in winter. For many people SAD is a mild, but debilitating, condition causing some discomfort and is dismissed as 'Winter blues'. For others it is a seriously disabling illness, preventing them from functioning normally. A small number of sufferers may go on to develop serious depression. What are the symptoms and what can be done to help?
The symptoms of SAD include depression; desire to oversleep and disturbed, un-refreshing sleep; fatigue; over eating; tension and anxiety; irritability and aversion to social contact; loss of libido and mood swings. Those affected suffer with a weakened immune system during winter and are more vulnerable to colds and infections.
Conventional medical treatment is with anti-depressant drugs which can have many unwanted side effects. Many people visit a Homeopath to help with symptoms of SAD because treatment is individualized to you personally.
Dave Masters, Homeopath (Mind and Body)
Not sure if you suffer from SAD? Why not fill in our quiz. if you find that you do then most of our therapists would be willing to have a telephone discussion with you to explain their approach to your condition. Just call us and we will arrange a call back for you.