Mental and Emotional Health

Addressing a Seasonal Pattern to Major Depression

Below is a list of some symptoms that individuals who have major depression
with seasonal pattern may experience:
Symptoms:
• Lethargy
• Significant appetite changes
• Insomnia or hypersomnia
• Poor concentration
• Hopelessness
• Decreased sexual interest
• Regular connection between depressive episodes and a particular season of
the year
Treatment:
Often the best treatment is a combination of antidepressant medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and exercise. Cognitive behavioral therapy is essentially identifying maladaptive thought patterns and replacing them with adaptive thinking, which leads to behavioral changes and symptom relief. Individuals suffering from seasonal depression may consider planning a vacation in a sunny location in January, or simply being sure to spend adequate time outdoors in daylight.

This article was featured in our Winter 2017 newsletter. You can view a copy of the newsletter here.