Seasonal Affective Disorder Counselling Wolverhampton
Psychological Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder & SAD
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern which tends to occur at the same time each year, usually during the winter time leading to it also being known as “Winter Depression.”
The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter and become most pronounced during December, January and February.
In most cases the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder begin to improve in the spring before eventually disappearing.
As with other types of Depression, the two main symptoms of SAD are a low mood and a lack of interest in life.
Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder
As with all forms of depression, the main symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder include a low mood and a loss of interest in normal everyday activities.
Other symptoms can include:
- feeling irritable
- feelings of despair
- feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- low self esteem
- crying, often spontaneously
- feeling stressed
- low sex drive
For many people, Seasonal Affective Disorder can be difficult to live with and it can have a significant effect on day-to-day life.
If you think that you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or any other Depression related problem, we urge you, in the first instance, to consult your Doctor prior to consulting for Psychotherapy.
What Causes Seasonal Affective Disorder?
The exact cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder isn’t fully understood, but it has been suggested that it is linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter days of the year.
One theory is that light stimulates a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which controls mood, appetite and sleep.
Whilst this seems like a reasonable idea it doesn’t explain why some people are affected by the dark winter nights and others (in fact the majority) are not.
Seasonal Affective Disorder may be impacted as much by limiting beliefs as by the reduced amount of sunlight, indeed, SAD may be the product of unhelpful thinking in itself!
Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment
Seasonal Affective Disorder, in common with many other problems and conditions, is often made worse by “un-helpful” thinking traits or “distorted” belief systems. (The way we perceive the World around us).
The limiting beliefs associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder may have been created by an actual negative experience that has now been “blown out of proportion” or indeed may be the result of “imagined experiences” which can lead to the same outcome – the experience of Anxiety related symptoms.
If we can learn how to manage these limiting beliefs or cognitive distortions using the tools and techniques contained in therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, then we can also learn how to control the emotional experiences that we have – ie. manage the symptoms.
It is also possible that people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder may have some other emotional or childhood trauma problems that are indirectly related to the problem itself but still create Anxiety and Stress which make the symptoms worse.
In these cases, as it is may be more difficult to identify the distorted thinking or limiting beliefs associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder itself and therefore following a course of Psycho-dynamic Therapy may be more beneficial.
Transform Your Thinking & Overcome SAD
If you’re committed to overcoming your SAD problems then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course with Paul, or the Changing Limiting Beliefs (CLB) Programme with Joan.
Both the CBT course and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
FREE Initial Consultations for Seasonal Affective Disorder
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Seasonal Affective Disorder. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of conventional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.