What is National Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Day?
National Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Awareness day reflects the time of the year when support organization in the across the world try to raise awareness about a mental condition associated with change in weather and thought to be caused by lack of light. On this day, people should take the opportunity to conduct research and share all useful information to help people living with this mental health that starts and ends at the same time every year, beginning in the spring or early summer.
Purpose of National Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Day 2017
The main purpose of national seasonal affective disorder day is to inform the public about SAD, share helpful information and raise funds to help people living with the condition. If you suffer from SAD, you might find it difficult to wake up in the morning, nausea, tendency to oversleep, changes in appetite, and concentration difficulties. Other symptoms include lack of energy, difficulties completing tasks, need for isolation and withdrawal from friends, families and social events. Some people suffering from sad might notice a decrease in sex drive, feelings of hopelessness and lack of pleasure. SAD day seeks to help affected persons receive proper treatments for all experiencing this condition which worsens if untreated. The campaign also aims to inform affected persons where they can find help and get support from people around them.
What you can do on National Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Day
You can participate in many ways on this SAD awareness day regardless of your familiarity with seasonal depression, including:
- Write and publish blogs or articles about seasonal affective disorder in the local media or online sites.
- Use social media to raise awareness about SAD.
- Carry out research and share helpful information about SAD.
- Make donations towards organizations promoting research on SAD and helping patients living with the condition.
- Pay a visit to a close friend suffering from SAD.
- Request your local TV and radio station to host a show discussing about SAD and best means to cope.
- Create awareness about SAD in your workplace, school or organization.
- Help in the distribution of posters, flyers and other educational materials about SAD.
- Participate in social events specially oriented for SAD patients.
Message on National Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Day
Although SAD is not a common mental health problem, it is a real and serious condition that should be treated with outmost care. It is very unfortunate that many people aren’t aware about this mental condition that affects millions every year. On this particular SAD day, you should feel free to discuss into details and share every piece of advice at your scope that may be helpful to people living with the condition, their friends, family members or workmates. Volunteer to support a person living with SAD on how to best cope with its symptoms, share preventive measures and request them to seek the best treatment options around.
Special Tips on National Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Day
If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, here are some tips that can help prevent and manage its symptoms as you receive specialized treatment:
- Start treatment before symptoms start to appear.
- Take note of early SAD symptoms including changes in appetite, mood and energy levels.
- Stick to your treatment plan and attend therapy appointments as directed by your doctor.
- Set aside adequate time to rest and relax.
- Engage in exercises and make healthy food choices.
- Learn better techniques for dealing with stress.
- Be outgoing to meet friends and make new ones while seeking their support when need arises.
- Go for a vacation and travel to warm, sunny locations.
- Call a close friend or family member if you feel socially withdrawn and update them about your feelings.
- Enjoy any fun-filled activities or volunteer to participate in social events.
- Get adequate sleep every night.
- Stay away from excessive use of alcohol, smoking or illicit drugs.
- Be in control of your feelings and thoughts.
- Reward yourself if you make any good progress towards recovery from SAD.
Seasonal affective disorder is real and affects millions every year throughout the world. Most people suffering from SAD don’t receive proper treatment despite of facing serious challenges when it strikes. It is unfortunate that even in the United States, where thousands of mental health experts live little attention is give to SAD despite of its social and financial implications. By giving support of any kind in this year’s SAD awareness day, you will go a long way in helping people with the condition as well as those living around them. Majority of patients living with SAD recover completely after seeking earlier treatment from qualified medical experts.