Mind member Mike shares his experience of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that people experience at a particular time of year or during a particular season. Below, Mind member Mike shares his experience of SAD and how, for decades, the arrival of autumn has left him feeling anxious and low.

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Mike on the changing seasons

I hate it: the darker evenings, the darker mornings, the days of heavy cloud and having to put the light on during the day. Conversely, when the first signs of spring arrive, that is just so good. As soon as I can start doing a little bit in the garden, when the lawn needs a cut, I can feel a bit of a lift in my mood.

Mike on how he manages SAD

I haven't found a magic bullet, but when I've got the mental and emotional strength to get out into what daylight there is, I can do that. I have a daylight lamp that I use every day too, irrespective of the weather. That usually helps to get me going in the morning. I'm much more lethargic if I don't use it. It doesn't solve the problem but it does help.

Mike on the stigma of SAD

I think quite a lot of people think SAD is an old wives' tale, but I am sure a lot of people have similar responses at the beginning of autumn and when spring is coming.

We'd like to thank Mike for sharing his story. Read our full information on seasonal affective disorder and depression.  If you have any questions about this article or Mind membership, get in touch with the team at [email protected].

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