Best Acupuncturists Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach Dr. Stefanie Bennett

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is commonly known as summer depression, winter depression, summer blues, or winter blues. It is a depression that manifests when the seasons change. This mood disorder can be linked to specific life-altering events that create depression at particular times of the year. What makes SAD different than a typical depression is that most of the year, a person has relatively normal mental health that changes when seasons change or when the dates of a traumatic event come around.

Symptoms of SAD in the wintertime often include low energy, sleeping too much, anxiety, overeating, increased anxiety, morning sickness, and weight gain. Symptoms of summer SAD may include decreased appetite, weight loss, social withdrawal, decreased sex drive, and suicide.

While many forms of therapy can help with SAD, acupuncture stands out among the top relievers of SAD symptoms. This is because acupuncture works on brain chemistry to increase serotonin and dopamine in the brain – the brain’s “feel good” hormones. Acupuncture also releases endorphins to the brain to decrease anxiety and help a person cope with the day-to-day stress that bombards us.

Dr. Bennett uses acupuncture combined with vitamins, herbs, and nutritional therapies to get the maximum results in relieving the symptoms of SAD.

Call to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation at (714) 963-2137.

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