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Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also called winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, and seasonal depression, is a mood disorder subset in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time each year, most commonly in the winter.
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications.
Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own.
 Specific symptoms of seasonal depression can include: Since seasonal depression has a predictable pattern of recurrence, preventative measures may help to reduce symptoms.
Some forms of prevention that can help include beginning light therapy in the early fall before the onset of symptoms, exercising more, increasing the amount of light at home, meditation and other stress management techniques, spending more time outside, and visiting climates that have more sun. Specifiers for depressive disorders: With seasonal pattern. DISCLAIMER: Mental Health America does not endorse any specific mental health treatments or services.
She's now been with her boyfriend for 9 months, but says dating has always been a struggle for her.
It is no longer classified as a unique mood disorder but is now a specifier, called with seasonal pattern, for recurrent major depressive disorder that occurs at a specific time of the year and fully remits otherwise. They may sleep too much, [may] have little energy, and may also feel depressed." I've always thought I'm not really good enough, which got me quite anxious and depressed – so whenever someone did approach me I'd often reject them, not because of them but because of me,' she says.'You push yourself away from people because you think you don't deserve a relationship, and you compare yourself to others a lot.' Her current (and first) relationship 'just happened' without any pressure or expectation: 'I just thought we were best friends,' she laughs.Although each individual case is different, in contrast to winter SAD, people who experience spring and summer depression may be more likely to show symptoms such as insomnia, decreased appetite and weight loss, and agitation or anxiety.Most people with SAD experience major depressive disorder, but as many as 20% may have a bipolar disorder.