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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 Mayo Clinic, “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year.” In addition, SAD most often occurs in the fall and winter months. 

Symptoms of SAD include feelings of depression (which occur most days and last throughout the day), loss of energy, difficulty concentrating and/or sleeping, and changes in your appetite. If you have any of these symptoms, you should always speak with a medical health professional. In addition, if you notice that these symptoms occur especially at the times when seasons change, then you should talk with a medical health professional about the possibility of SAD.

While no particular cause for SAD has been found, some researchers believe that it could be brought on by a number of factors including a disruption in your circadian rhythm, a drop in serotonin, and a change in melatonin levels. A lot of this is affected by the decrease in sunlight, which is why it’s more common to experience SAD during the fall and winter months.

If you are diagnosed with SAD, there are a number of treatment methods available to you, including light therapy, psychotherapy, antidepressant medication, and relaxing lifestyle practices/hobbies like meditation, art, and yoga. You should speak with your medical health professional about which of these options is best for your personal needs.

For experienced and empathetic psychiatrists who care about your wellbeing, come to see us at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA.