Seasonal Affective Disorder

What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder And How Can You Combat It?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Cold weather, excessive heating bills and leaving the office in the pitch black. Yep you guess it, winter's officially here. If you've got a seriou...

Mother Nature: Gentle Therapist and Housekeeper

Liberty Forrest | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

It's snowing. You wouldn't think there are lots of kinds of snow but there are. For example, there are the big fat fluffy flakes that drift and float, silently smiling as they gently cover the world in a soft sparkling blanket. They are friendly. Happy. Cheerful little kids seeking playmates. That kind of snow warms your heart and makes you want to daydream by a fire with a cup of cocoa.

Winter Blues?

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Hurst

Ask yourself this; Do you want to feel miserable? Do you want to 'blame' the weather for the whole season just so you can feel bad? I doubt it. So we need to think about the bad weather differently.

How to Deal With the Season of S.A.D

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

With the clocks going back this week, the season of S.A.D is upon us, and with that comes a surge in diagnosis. Seasonal affective disorder is type of depression that comes with the changing seasons, hitting at the same time every year, usually in the dark depths of winter. It's estimated to affect about two million people in the UK.

What Is Summer Depression?

Karin Sieger | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

If you are lonely, have few social outlets, low self confidence or self esteem, then the summer months can be challenging. You may find it difficult to go out on your own, if others are out as couples, families or groups of friends, and you have no one to share the summer with. Seeing others apparently living the life you wish you had can make you feel worse about your own situation.

Changing Clocks and Changing Moods

Nola Chesworth | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nola Chesworth

Although uncommon, Summer-Onset SAD does affect some people, with symptoms opposite to those in the winter; sufferers can experience weight loss, insomnia, loss of appetite, and agitation at this time of year. Summer-Onset SAD is not as widely recognised as the winter form of the syndrome, but it is something that does exist, and people should be aware of it.

Mental Health Risks (Such As SAD And Depression) For Workers Deprived Of Natural Light

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Getting to work before sunrise and leaving after sunset during winter months can lead to serious mental health problems, a charity has warned. Goin...

How Does the Winter Affect Dating Habits?

Brett Harding | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

When we questioned our members about their dating habits during the winter months, 16% of women revealed that they would rather snuggle up the sofa...

Night Owl V Morning Lark: Which One Is Better?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

While there has been much said about the required hours of sleep needed to function and have a healthy immune system, not a great deal has been known ...

Stressed? Depressed? Try Some Deep Rest!

Jayne Morris | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

Many scientists believe that the experience of depression is compounded during the winter months due to the lack of light. Shorter daylight hours cause chemical changes in the body that stimulate the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. This affects some people more than others.

10 Facts You May Not Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Seasonal Affective Disorder, the form of depression that is most affected by the seasons, is just beginning for some of us. With the clocks moving...

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Do You Have It?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), rather like stress, has been one of those invisible, ambiguous afflictions that no one really knows whether to take...

Could This Cure The Winter Blues?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Tech

While the idea of headphones shining lights into your brain may be a bit unsettling the makers of Valkee 2 insist it might just get you through the wi...

Bad Weather Sees 'Unprecedented' Calls To Winter Blues Charity

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK

A charity that deals with winter-related depression says it has been inundated with inquiries during the appalling weather gripping Britain. The Se...

Ten Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Realbuzz.com | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Realbuzz.com

Many people experience feelings of sadness, depression and lethargy once the winter months kick in, often due to the change in weather, the shorter days and long periods of being cooped up indoors. If the winter blues are starting to set in, check out these 10 ways to boost your happiness this winter.

You're Still Afraid of the Dark... Sorry

Ed Baxter | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Baxter

Imagine if every light around you was suddenly turned out. How would you react? With laughter, bemusement, nonchalance? I hate to have to break it you, but somewhere inside you're terrified.

Stupid Reasons to Love the UK

Corinne Purtill | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Corinne Purtill

When you're living in a strange place, it's all too easy to focus on what's missing and what's wrong. That's particularly true at this time of year, when the holidays are close and family feels far and the weather turns icy and it's pitch black at 4 p.m. like the place is run by goddam vampires.

Half Of Britons Feel Depressed When Clocks Go Back

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle

More than 60% of Britons are opposed to turning the clocks back, with almost half saying they feel "more depressed" in the winter months, according to...

Lighten Up: Window Coating Could Boost Mood

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A window coating designed to let in additional light could be key to boosting people's mood in winter, suggest German researchers. The team has dev...

Wet Weather Boosts Sales Of 'Mood-Boosting' Supplements

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Sales of a "mood boosting" supplement have increased drastically because of the terrible British weather, figures suggest. Sales of St John's Wort ...

Vitamin D Lowers Blood Pressure Levels

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Danish researchers have connected taking vitamin D with blood pressure levels, in a new report presented The European Society of Hypertension. A gr...

Blue Monday - What an Absolute Farce

Jamie Lewis | Posted 17.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Lewis

Today, apparently, is the most depressing of the year in what 'experts' call 'Blue Monday'.

Five Ways To See The Light And Beat SAD

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Mindful of the 7% of Brits currently in the throes of the 'winter depression' or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), we've compiled the best light ther...

The Earphones That Could Lift Your Mood This Winter

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists believe that they have come a step closer to finding a cure for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), after successfully trialing a bright lig...

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Feeling SAD? How To Lighten Up Your Dark Days

HuffingtonPost.com | Kyrsty Jade Hazell | Posted 07.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Few of us relish the cold, dark days of winter. But for 7% of the British population, the chilly climes and lack of sunshine trigger a 'winter depress...