Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), also known as the Winter Blues, is a pattern of seasonal depression usually starting in the fall months and ending in the spring time.Many people experience S.A.D. as there is less sunlight in the winter months and less time spent outdoors.Symptoms of S.A.D. include increased sadness, higher irritability, increased anxiety, increase in weight, lack of energy, and increased sleep.While everyone may feel a bit more sluggish in the colder months, S.A.D. can have serious consequences such as school or work problems and social withdrawal.
Luckily at UNH, there a variety of resources at Health Services that can help.Students can make appointments to diagnose S.A.D. and to try free light therapy.Light therapy is an effective treatment in which one sits in front of a light box with their eyes open.They can read, do homework, or just relax in front of the light box.It is recommended to try daily sessions, lasting from 15 minutes to 2 hours.Most sessions last about 30 minutes but can be built up over time.Students can make an appointment by calling Health Services, (603)-862-3823.Along with light therapy, it is recommended to eat healthy, exercise daily, manage stress, and take walks outside to help cope with S.A.D.
The UNH Health Services website is a great place to learn more about S.A.D. and light therapy treatments.