Is Anxiety a Symptom of Seasonal Affective Disorder?
by Erik Steel
Anxiety is one of the symptoms that affects individuals suffering from both fall/winter and spring/summer seasonal affective disorders, commonly known as SAD. However, because it is just one of the symptoms of SAD, further evaluation is necessary to make a diagnosis.
Other Symptoms: Fall/Winter
Anxiety appears alongside other symptoms in fall/winter SAD. These symptoms can include depression, hopelessness, a decrease in energy, withdrawing from social situations, lacking interest in activities, sleeping too much, changes in appetite, gaining weight and trouble concentrating. (Reference 1)
Other Symptoms: Spring/Summer
Other symptoms of spring and summer SAD include insomnia, being easily irritated or agitated, losing weight, lack of appetite, and increased sexual desire.
Anxiety is a long-lasting condition, and it can become worse if affected individuals are not treated. (Reference 2)
A number of different methods are used to treat the symptoms of SAD. The commonly include light therapy, using light boxes to mimic natural light, antidepressants and psychotherapy.
People who believe they are suffering from SAD should share all of their symptoms, including anxiety, with their physician or mental-health care professional to make sure that these symptoms can be managed.