We’re just a couple of weeks away from “falling back” from Daylight Savings time. As the days grow shorter and darker, many people begin to experience the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. This seasonal mood disorder causes periods of depression, social avoidance, fatigue and loss of interest in normal activities. Regular exercise, behavioral therapy from your Costa Mesa therapist and medication can help treat SAD, but the biggest benefit of all may be group therapy, including our women’s group therapy.
The urge to hole up and hibernate comes from the darkness, cold weather and less exposure to sunlight. But if we give in to these urges and close ourselves off from the world, the feelings of depression will only increase. Getting together for group therapy sessions helps prevent the feelings of isolation and loneliness common for those with SAD. Talking to people who feel the same way will provide comfort. Many people report feeling better as soon as they leave group therapy sessions, and when combined with a healthy lifestyle, those positive feelings can stay with you until the weather warms up again.
Click here to learn more about the group therapy sessions offered by Dr. Tucker and his wife, Desiree. If you have SAD, start your treatment plan now to stop the symptoms before they start.