SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder
SAD – symptoms and treatment
SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms appear in late Autumn and last through the Winter to early Spring. Generally, the condition is due to the low sunlight of these months, and the long periods of darkness. The symptoms and treatment can be found below.
SAD symptoms disappear in spring, either suddenly with a short period (e.g. four weeks) of hypomania or hyperactivity, or gradually, depending on the intensity of sunlight in the spring and early summer.
In sub-syndromal SAD, symptoms such as tiredness, lethargy, sleep and eating problems occur, but depression and anxiety are absent or mild.
SAD may begin at any age but the main age of onset is between 18 and 30 years.
SAD occurs throughout the northern and southern hemispheres but is extremely rare in those living within 30 degrees of the Equator, where daylight hours are long, constant and extremely bright.
Watch an international panel discussion about SAD in which I took part on 14 January 2015 (sorry this is no longer available)
Regarding the general symptoms of SAD, I recommend the following herbal tonics:
The best supplement to take throughout the year to reduce the symptoms of SAD is the ABC Daily 60 Herbal Powder. Take just half a teaspoon 1-2 times a day for a nutritional supplement of over 100,000 constituents of organic whole herbal proteins (complete range of amino acids), vitamins, and minerals and hundreds of micro-constituents to feed and support your cells, organs and systems. It contains over 75 herbal powders from around the world.
MoodStepUp Tonic – click here to read about how to enhance your happiness hormones (neurotransmitters) with herbs, foods and exercise
Depression – take Herbactive’s DepressionLess Tonic
* Low mood, worse than and different from normal sadness
* Negative thoughts and feelings
* Guilt and loss of self-esteem
* Sometimes hopelessness and despair
* Sometimes apathy and inability to feel
Sleep Problems – take Herbactive’s SleepMore Tonic to improve the depth and length of sleep at night
* The need to sleep more
* A tendency to oversleep
* Difficulty staying awake during the day and/or disturbed sleep with
very early morning wakening
Lethargy – take Herbactive’s EnergyMore Tonic
* Fatigue, often incapacitating, making it very difficult or impossible to carry out normal routines
Over Eating – take Herbactive’s Stevia which is very sweet, and if necessary WeightLess Tonic to improve metabolism
* Craving for carbohydrates and sweet foods leading to an increase in weight
Cognitive Function – take Herbactive’s MentalPepTalk Tonic
* Difficulty with concentration and memory
* The brain does not work as well, or as quickly
Anxiety – take Herbactive’s WorryLess Tonic
* Stress is harder to deal with
Loss of Libido – take Herbactive’s Herbal V8 or Herbal VW Tonic
* Less interest in sex and physical contact
Immune system. Most sufferers show signs of a weakened immune system during the winter, and are more vulnerable to infections and other illnesses. – take Herbactive’s HerbShield or ColdLess AntiViral Tonic
Also take ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus
Related herbal tonics that help improve your neurotransmitters