DARK DAYS – DARK MOODS
FREE LEAFLET ON SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) affects a large percentage of the UK population between October and April.
SAD can be seriously disabling – some people cannot function in winter without continuous treatment. Many find it difficult to hold down a job or carry on with their usual way of life because of lethargy, sleepiness and poor concentration. Relationships can also suffer as the person with SAD becomes irritable, unloving and unlovable.
Do you suffer with any of these symptoms in the winter? You may be suffering from SAD: -
Overeating: craving carbohydrates and putting on weight
Depression: feeling sad, low, a failure, sometimes hopeless and despairing, sometimes apathetic and feeling nothing.
Anxiety: tenseness and inability to cope with everyday stresses
Lethargy: lacking in energy and unable to carry out normal daily routine.
If you recognise these symptoms in yourself or feel that a friend or family member may be experiencing these problems please contact the Helpline for a free booklet.
Janet Roberts, Helpline Manager said “We always see an increase in calls at this time of year from people who appear to be living with the symptoms of SAD. Sometimes, understanding the condition can help people to cope. I would encourage people to read this leaflet; it may help them to help themselves.”
“Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder” explains what SAD is, its symptoms, who gets it and its causes. The booklet also explains about treatment and how you can help yourself as well as information on useful organisations and further reading.
If you would like a copy of the booklet ring the Helpline on freephone 0800 132 737. The Helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year or text help to 81066 putting the word SAD and your postal address in and we will send out a leaflet.
The Helpline Operators will try to help in any way they can and even if you have all the information you need, but find it helps to talk to someone when these feelings start - just call us, your call is confidential and if you wish you can remain totally anonymous.
C.A.L.L. Helpline 0800 132 737
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Information: C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line) is funded by the Welsh Government. The Helpline covers the whole of Wales and provides a mental health telephone Helpline service, interactive web page and text service.