The month of December is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month. Many people are not aware of seasonal depression, or have never been affected by it personally in any way. Seasonal Depression, or better known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter. The holiday season, specifically around all the December holidays seems to be the worse time for SAD to affect people.
The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, an award-winning vehicle donation program, would like to share some information about seasonal affective disorder with you. We hope to help you understand the disorder and get or give the support needed.
STATISTICS REPORTED BY MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA
- The primary age of the onset of SAD is between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.
- SAD is predominately found in women, with 3 out of 4 SAD sufferers being women.
- SAD occurs in northern and southern hemispheres, but is extremely rare for people whom live within 30 degrees latitude of the equator.
- The severity of this disorder varies from person to person and depends on a person’s vulnerability to the disorder and his or her geographical location.
SYMPTOMS OF SAD
- Being in a depressed mood/state
- Having lower than usual energy levels
- Craving carbohydrates
- Possessing a sense of hopelessness
- Suffering from anxiety
- Withdrawing socially
- Unable to focus and concentrate
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of enjoyment in things you once loved to do
- Support Group
- Light Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOURSELF
- Get into a structured routine! Eat right, at the same times each day, and get plenty of sleep at night.
- Exercise often. It will relieve stress, and increase chemical levels in your brain working the same way as an anti-depressant does.
- Get in touch with others, reach out, and socialize.
- Brighten up your home, and work environment with brighter colors, and natural lighting.
- Keep yourself motivated, and busy.
Mayo Clinic SAD in depth explanation: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/definition/con-20021047
Everyone has bad days, and feels down sometimes, but when you cannot seem to shake it, you need to reach out for help. There is a high success rate in this disorder if treatment is sought. So if you are feeling a little more down than usual, or for longer than usual, or see someone else who is suffering, reach out to get help, or offer help to those in need.
If you would like to help a family in need, you can be a part of changing the life of others in need by making a financial or vehicle donation to 1-800-Charity Cars. We accept vehicles nationwide, running or not, and provide free towing. All donations are tax deductible and if we provide your vehicle to a family in need you can receive a full “fair market value” vehicle donation tax receipt. You can make a donation by calling us today at 1-800-242-7489, or you can fill out the online car donation form on 800charitycars.org. If you do not have a vehicle to donate, you can help by making a monetary donation through PayPal or justgive.