Feeling SAD?

It Might be the Weather

SAD 101

Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that affects people in the winter months. We can give you the tools to manage SAD and live your life to its fullest.

SAD in Men

It’s normal to experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), especially if you live in an area with long, dark winters. Tens of thousands of years ago, our bodies needed to slow down during the winter to conserve energy. But as we’ve evolved, this tendency to preserve our strength for warmer months no longer serves us.

We’re just too busy. We operate in a 24-hour society where we need to be on, all the time. And anyone who suffers from SAD knows that it’s just not possible to always be on. SAD affects your mood, energy, sleep and appetite, and leaves you feeling hopeless, sad, or stressed, with no interest in things that usually bring you joy.

We feel completely different from the person we were in summer when everything is literally brighter. If you do suffer from SAD, we have plenty of techniques available to manage your seasonal affective disorder and get you out of hibernation to enjoy life year-round.

Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms

The symptoms of SAD are similar to major depression, the difference being that it tends to happen around the same time of year and abates in the summer. The signs and symptoms of seasonal affective disorder can vary from winter blues to extreme depression.

01 Physical

  • Appetite and weight changes
  • General aches and pains
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Reduced sex drive

02 Behavioural & Emotional

  • Depressed mood, low self-esteem
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Feeling angry or stressed
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Feelings of sadness and despair

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Treating SAD

Seasonal affective disorder happens to men more than you think, but it’s very treatable and most men recover from it. To help you manage it, we’ll first investigate its root cause, which might be due to your body’s biological clock, brain chemicals, depression, family history, or where you live. Then using a combination of counselling and coaching, we’ll work together to diagnose your issue and move forward with a set of tools that you can take away and implement in the real world to be more present every season.

20 %

Up to 20 percent of people may experience some degree of winter depression.

- American Academy of Family Physicians

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While one out of four SAD sufferers is male, men experience more severe symptoms than women.

- Help Guide

40 %

SAD symptoms typically last 40 percent of the year.

- American Psychiatric Association

80-90 %

80 to 90 percent of people who seek help for depression are treated successfully.

- TADS Study

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