SAD season is with us, so recognise the signs and don’t be afraid to seek help

Nearly one person in every 15 in the Telford and Wrekin area could suffer from a medical condition that causes depression and fatigue during the dark winter months.

SAD – or Seasonal Affective Disorder – is at its most severe during January and February, and it is estimated up to 12 million people across northern Europe suffer to some degree.

And while the causes are not fully understood, doctors have a much better understanding of the condition and how to tackle it.

Helen Swindlehurst Head of Commissioning – Mental Health & Children NHS Telford & Wrekin CCG said:

SAD is one of those conditions that have only become generally recognised relatively recently. It is a genuine form of depression, and like all depression it can have a profound impact on some people, and no two cases are the same.

Symptoms of SAD include those of depression like feelings of despair and having low self-esteem, anxiety and irritability. Additionally sufferers may:

  • Be less active
  • Feel tired and need more sleep
  • Be lethargic when they are awake
  • Loose concentration
  • Eat more than usual

Helen Swindlehurst Head of Commissioning – Mental Health & Children

NHS Telford & Wrekin CCG said:

SAD does tend to ease away as spring approaches, and the cause is very probably related to the way daylight impacts on the part of the brain that controls mood, appetite and sleep.
Like most medical conditions, it is less scary once you start to understand it, and simply talking about it can help.

SAD can affect people of any age, including children.

Further information can be obtained from http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx