Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is caused by the changing seasons and is most common in the winter. According to Psychology Today, SAD affects 10 million Americans and out of these 10 million, 6 percent are hospitalized. SAD tends to happen in increments.
SAD often occurs more in women than men and usually does not affect people younger than 20 years old.
Symptoms can include but not be limited to agitation, loss of interest in activities, irritability, sluggishness and withdrawal from others.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are known for family time. These holidays time to get to be with all family enjoying each other's presence and just having a good time. But for some people it can be far less enjoyable because of bad relationships or having lost a loved one.
Treating SAD does not have to be difficult, RSC has counselors available for students, faculty and staff. Janet Griffith is the coordinator of Disability Services as well as a counselor with Joanne Stafford, director of Special Services and Student Outreach.
For more information or to make an appointment, call Student Services at 733-7373