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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) treatment

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that typically occurs during the seasons of autumn and winter. It is also known as winter depression.

While many people’s moods can fluctuate depending on the weather, such as finding that you tend to feel more positive on a bright sunny day, for those who struggle with SAD, the shortened daylight hours and lack of natural light that are experienced during the UK’s winter months, can have a hugely detrimental impact on their quality of life as well as their ability to function effectively on a day-to-day basis.

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At Priory, our SAD treatment experts have a wealth of experience in treating this condition, and have been providing specialist treatment and therapy for SAD, for many years. You don’t have to simply endure or overlook the symptoms of winter depression; with our committed and professional team providing the highest standards of care, understanding and service, you will be empowered to address the source and symptoms of SAD and regain control of your life within a safe and highly supportive environment.

Sometimes referred to as the ‘winter depression’, SAD is a condition which primarily occurs during the months of December, January and February, and can cause individuals to experience depressive symptoms such as a lack of energy and persistent low moods. The symptoms of SAD can come and go in a repeated annual cycle; SAD symptoms can last throughout winter, and then usually disappear during spring and summer, before returning again the following winter.

If you think that you or someone that you know may be struggling with SAD, it’s important to recognise that you’re not alone; expert SAD treatment, therapy & support is available. Priory offers several tried and tested SAD treatment options, ranging from medication through to light therapy and psychotherapy, helping our patients to manage and reduce their SAD symptoms.

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Treatment for SAD at Priory

At Priory, our treatment specialists are committed to ensuring that we provide a bespoke SAD treatment programme, which is individually tailored according to the unique nature of your condition and symptoms. SAD treatment is predominantly delivered on an outpatient basis at Priory which consists of you attending one of our Priory hospitals or wellbeing centres for a series of flexible therapy sessions. You can read more about Priory’s outpatient offering on our approach to treatment page. Additionally, due to the fact that Priory has a nationwide network of specialist sites across the UK, we are able to offer you flexible SAD treatment, in a location that is convenient for you.

This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Leon Rozewicz (MBBS, FRCPsych, MRCGP, MRCPsych) in June 2020, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in June 2022. To view all Priory SAD specialists, please click here.

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