SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder
SAD Help with the Thrive Programme in Wolverhampton
SAD is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern which tends to occur at the same time each year, usually during the winter time leading to it also being known as “Winter Depression.”
The symptoms of SAD often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter and become most pronounced during December, January and February.
In most cases the symptoms of SAD begin to improve in the spring before eventually disappearing.
As with other types of Depression, the two main symptoms of SAD are a low mood and a lack of interest in life.
Symptoms of SAD
As with all forms of depression, the main symptoms of SAD include a low mood and a loss of interest in normal everyday activities.
Other symptoms can include:
- feeling irritable
- feelings of despair
- feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- low self esteem
- crying, often spontaneously
- feeling stressed
- low sex drive
For many people, Seasonal Affective Disorder can be difficult to live with and it can have a significant effect on day-to-day life.
If you think that you are suffering from SAD, or any other Depression related problem, we urge you, in the first instance, to consult your Doctor prior to consulting for Psychotherapy.
What Causes SAD?
The exact cause of SAD isn’t fully understood, but it has been suggested that it is linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter days of the year.
One theory is that light stimulates a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which controls mood, appetite and sleep.
Whilst this seems like a reasonable idea it doesn’t explain why some people are affected by the dark winter nights and others (in fact the majority) are not.
SAD may be impacted as much by limiting beliefs as by the reduced amount of sunlight, indeed, SAD may be the product of unhelpful thinking in itself!
Seasonal Affective Disorder, in common with many other problems and conditions, is often made worse by “un-helpful” thinking traits or “distorted” belief systems. (The way we perceive the World around us).
The limiting beliefs associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder may have been created by an actual negative experience that has now been “blown out of proportion” or indeed may be the result of “imagined experiences” which can lead to the same outcome – the experience of Anxiety related symptoms.
If we can learn how to manage these limiting beliefs or cognitive distortions using the tools and techniques contained in therapies such as the Thrive Programme, then we can also learn how to control the emotional experiences that we have – ie. manage the symptoms.
It is also possible that people suffering from SAD may have some other emotional or childhood trauma problems that are indirectly related to the problem itself but still create Anxiety and Stress which make the symptoms worse.
The Thrive Programme for SAD
The Thrive Programme is unsurpassed at helping people with ‘problems’ identify and then change their limiting belief systems.
This multi-session course utilises the very latest findings in cognitive psychology and neuroscience research to help a person to understand how a limiting belief may be formed in the first place, through either ‘learned social behaviours’ or by the accumulation of ‘evidence’ based experiences that provide the robust foundations of those belief systems.
Remarkably, it turns out that what we consider to be the ‘truth’ about the ‘way the world works’ amounts to nothing more than what we ‘believe’ to be true rather than what actually is!
The Thrive Programme for SAD will help you to gain a greater level of understanding behind the limiting beliefs that may be inadvertently making the problem worse, and teaches you a range of tools, techniques and coping mechanisms to help you get back on with your life.
A Free Consultation with Paul
In all the years that I have been helping people to overcome problems such as SAD I have never found a more effective ‘method’ of achieving this than the Thrive Programme.
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