Carers and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Being a carer and suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder

The NHS says:

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern.

SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter.

Some people with SAD may have symptoms during the summer and feel better during the winter.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • a persistent low mood
  • a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
  • irritability
  • feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
  • sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
  • difficulty concentrating
  • decreased sex drive

For some people, these symptoms can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day activities.

Taken from nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions 07.11.2022

Overview – Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Being a carer in winter can be particularly difficult.  In Summer being able to get outside, take a walk, be in the garden, can be a lifeline if you have caring responsibilities.

What can you do?

The NHS gives these tips:

 There are a number of things you can do to help improve your symptoms:

  • try to get as much natural sunlight as possible – even a brief lunchtime walk can be beneficial
  • make your work and home environments as light and airy as possible
  • sit near windows when you’re indoors
  • take plenty of regular exercise, particularly outdoors and in daylight – read more about exercise for depression
  • eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • if possible, avoid stressful situations and take steps to manage stress

Treatment – Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Support for Carers Living in Blackburn with Darwen

  • Emotional Support
  • Counselling
  • Walking group
  • Activities and Trips
  • Groups – connecting with others.

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