Seasonal Affective Disorder (with the appropriate acronym of SAD) is a specific type of depression that is related to the seasons, normally beginning and ending at the same time every year (Mayo Clinic, 2017). Usually the symptoms of SAD will start to appear in autumn as the days start to get longer and the weather cooler. But some people may also have the opposite pattern, where they feel more depressed over the summer months. In all cases the symptoms will progressively get worse as the season deepens, and then start to clear as the weather changes (Health Direct, 2018).
The symptoms of depression can feel all too common - sensations of despair, hopelessness, and anger, low energy, feeling overwhelmed, a loss interest in other people and activities you used to find joy in, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite - I could go on... Pharmocological treatment of depression is the norm in Australia, but it can often take some time to find the correct medication, and there are a lot of unwanted side -effects that can come with this course of treatment. But there are alternatives to be found in Chinese medicine that work well either alongside, or instead of, more common treatments.