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  • Writer's pictureAshley Peterson, LPC

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Welcome back, I stayed true to my word and boom, a new month and a new blog post!! As we enter Fall my first thought is always, Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder is defined as seasonal depression that is triggered by the change in the seasons. These changes include less daylight, less Vitamin D which may cause sadness, and less energy which is reminiscent of a depressive episode. Currently I am starting those conversations with my Clients about signs and symptoms, here are a few; feeling depressed most of the day, low energy, sluggishness, trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, weight gain/loss, oversleeping, feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts. If you notice that you or someone you know/love/care about is experiencing these symptoms, I would suggest meeting with a Mental Health Professional. There is treatment! Somethings that I suggest to my Clients include speaking with your Primary Care Professional about alternate ways to get Vitamin D, as well as “SAD Lamps” - which can be found on Amazon and then used to download a “mood”. Increase your self care and always be proactive in your mental health! If I can be of any help let me know, feel free to send me an email or find us on Instagram @apcounselingdmv.

P.S. We are proud to share that we are now accepting Carefirst BlueCrossBlueShield and have a few openings for new Clients :)


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