Seasonal Affective Disorder - Escaping the Winter Blues: Barnabas Health Behavioral Health

Changes in weather can often affect people’s moods. Sunny days can lift our spirits, while dull, rainy days may can make us feel a little gloomy. For some, it can be hard to shake off the winter blues – those individuals may be suffering from a psychological condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a form of major depressive disorder (MDD) that normally occurs in winter months, when there is less natural light.

In an effort to fight these melancholy feelings, Mary Jane Maser, PhD, APRN, BC, Clinical Director of Stepping Stones Intensive Outpatient Program at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center will host a presentation on SAD. Dr. Maser will review signs and symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment of SAD.

SAD is more common the farther north you live. Symptoms are characterized by feelings of sadness, loneliness, altered sleeping and eating patterns, negative thoughts and feelings of guilt, lethargy and disturbed sleep patterns; overeating and developing a craving for carbohydrates and sweet foods; difficulty with concentration and memory; and social problems such as finding it difficult to be around others.

To help those who struggle with depression during the course of the year, Dr. Maser suggests keeping the house well-lit and going outside to get as much light as possible as well as outdoor activity, eating a well-balanced diet, especially during the winter months.

For more information or to register for this free program, call 800-300-0628.

Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center

1691 U.S. Highway 9

Toms River, NJ 08754


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