Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is when someone experiences significant changes in their moods whenever the seasons change. SAD is typically more common in the fall and winter months.
Symptoms of SAD may include: low energy levels, feelings of hopelessness, consistent feelings of depression, loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, trouble sleeping, and/or changes in appetite.
SAD is more common in women, and more common in regions farther north where there is less sunlight. In fact, a number of scientists believe that SAD might be the result of lowered serotonin levels, which sunlight helps to maintain. That’s why common treatments for SAD include light therapy and vitamin D, along with regular therapy.
If you notice any of these symptoms, and they coincide with the changes in the seasons, you may be experiencing SAD. However, there is no way to know for sure unless you consult with a mental health professional.
If you’re looking for a psychiatrist in the Augusta County, VA area, give us a call at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine.