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The nights are drawing in, and summer is miles away—and for some of us, this means misery. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, may affect as many as one in three people in the UK and Ireland.
It’s more than the ‘winter blues’ or a feeling of sadness—it’s a major depressive disorder brought about by the lengthening periods of darkness.
It causes lethargy, low energy, difficulty waking up in the mornings and decreased concentration—it’s a serious issue, and one that can have drastic effects on productivity in the winter months.
Broadly, SAD has the same outward signs as depression:
There are some SAD-specific signs:
There are some common, easily recognisable risk factors for seasonal affective disorder:
The biggest and most clear difference between depression and seasonal affective disorder is the latter is linked to the changing seasons, whereas depression is year-round.
Seasonal affective disorder and depression are very similar, it’s true. But there are ways to help with SAD that don’t work with ‘ordinary’ depression.
It’s dependent on a variety of factors. But in the UK and Ireland, it’s thought to affect as many as one in three people.
It’s likely someone you know in the workplace is beginning to struggle with it.
There are some quick and easy ways to make a workplace a little easier to handle for people who suffer from serious winter depression:
Health Assured can help. We have trained advisors and counsellors on-hand 24/7, 365 to aid you and your employees, giving you the tools to increase wellbeing and productivity—whatever the weather you’re under.
Contact us today to discuss this further: 0844 892 2493.
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