SAD - Seasonal Affected Disorder




Written by our TWC hypnotherapist:

Karen Thomas DHP, HPD, AfSFH

There are two main symptoms of SAD and they are a low mood and a lack of interest in life. People with SAD may also be less active than normal and sleep more. Sometimes known as ‘winter depression’ because the symptoms are more apparent, and tend to be more severe at this time of the year; SAD’s symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter. They’re most severe during December, January and February. But, while debilitating for some, SAD can be beaten.


Besides medication and light therapy, people with this depression can be successfully treated with hypnotherapy. Part of the reason for its success is that hypnotherapy looks at people as a whole, instead of merely addressing the symptoms.


Hypnotherapy for depression works with both the conscious, and the subconscious mind, in order to help you achieve the results you want.


Depression is a medical illness that causes a constant feeling of sadness and lack of interest. Depression affects how the person feels, behaves and thinks. But hypnotherapy can help identify the causes and origins of the depression, and also help the sufferer recognise any patterns of negative thinking they may be caught up in. When experiencing depression it can feel as if there is nothing that will make a positive difference. This is not true. The very decision to do something is a significant one.


For those who have SAD, the symptoms begin to improve in the spring before eventually disappearing. But they will be back, and as with any type of depression, SAD can be difficult to live with. It can make a person feel tired, stressed and unhappy. However, it can usually be treated successfully, with 3-6 sessions of hypnotherapy.