Feeling sad or depressed should not be taken lightly. People are experiencing feeling angry, trapped and struggling to sleep. These are all symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. While it is more typical in the middle of winter, people are now experiencing the same symptoms during this heat wave. When people can't do their regular activities they start experiencing symptoms of SAD. Loss of sleep is one symptom, as is irritability. Dying lawns and gardens can be more than depressing. SAD can cause serious depression, the inability to work and even suicidal thoughts.
Some ways to avoid the feelings of SAD are as follows:
- First you are not alone, others are feeling the same. Talk about it.
- Find a cool place.
- Avoid the extreme heat.
- Stay busy.
- Find activities to replace ones you can't do now.
- Read a book, play games with the children; clean out the kitchen junk drawer. Get that feeling of accomplishment.
Depression in any form can be serious. If you don't start feeling better, make an appointment to see a mental health professional.