Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) December 10, 2013
Seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that occurs at the same time each year, usually develops during the fall and winter months. For women with existing mental health issues, it can be a devastating issue.
For most sufferers, seasonal affective disorder typically occurs in fall and winter. Symptoms include depression, hopelessness, anxiety, irritability, weight gain, increased hunger or constant fatigue. SAD occurs more frequently among women than men, making it an important topic in Brookhaven Retreat’s residential treatment program during the winter months.
Seasonal affective disorder may be caused by a lack of sunlight, which interferes with production of serotonin, a chemical that affects mood. Unlike typical depression, seasonal affective disorder occurs during the same season each year and resolves itself as the seasons change.
Both antidepressants and cognitive behavior therapy help women manage the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. Therapy especially can help women change the negative thought processes and behaviors that influence mood. When women learn to shift thoughts positively and stick to a routine that supports physical and mental health, seasonal affective depression improves.
Many women with seasonal affective disorder suffer from major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder. Identifying seasonal patterns to these disorders affects treatment plans. When women understand the nature of their emotional issues, they are able to create a successful plan for continued wellness.
Mindfulness of emotional influencers helps women avoid potentially life-threatening mental health issues. In December, Brookhaven Retreat cautions women to be vigilant of their emotional health and to participate in outdoor and social activities that encourage joy and wellness.
About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.