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Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), often known as seasonal depression, is a mood disorder that has a seasonal pattern. It usually occurs each year at the same time, usually starting in autumn/winter and ending in spring, or early summer.

People with seasonal affective disorder may experience:

  • feeling tired, or lacking energy
  • sleeping too much
  • increase in appetite and cravings for carbohydrates
  • weight gain

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Last reviewed: October 2016

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Seasonal affective disorder - myDr.com.au

Seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression striking in the autumn and winter months, can be treated with bright light therapy.

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Friends Supporting Friends: Friends helping friends during disasters

During disasters like floods, fires and cyclones, lots of kids are great in supporting each other. Some friends stay in constant contact with each other from the first time they hear that the disaster is coming. Often when kids go through really scary experiences, it is their friends that are there to support them.

Read more on Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN) website

Ginkgo Biloba - BluePages

There has only been one scientific study looking to see if ginkgo biloba works for depression. This study found no effect.

Read more on e-hub Mental Health - Australian National University (ANU) website

Light Therapy - BluePages

Light therapy is mainly used for people who tend to become depressed in autumn and winter, when the daylight is shorter. These people then get better in spring and summer. The lack of light in winter is thought to affect their natural body rhythms.

Read more on e-hub Mental Health - Australian National University (ANU) website

Why does my parent have a mental illness?

About the causes of mental illness, and what to do if you're worried you may have a mental illness or mental health problems.

Read more on COPMI – Children of Parents with a Mental Illness website

Your support networks

Parenting can be hard. If you experience mental illness it's extra important to have some close relationships and networks (your 'village') to help you to raise your children and provide support when you're unwell.

Read more on COPMI – Children of Parents with a Mental Illness website

Talking to toddlers & pre-schoolers

About talking to your toddler or pre-school child about your mental illness or mental health problem.

Read more on COPMI – Children of Parents with a Mental Illness website

Asthma, anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression are common in people with asthma. The good news is that there are effective treatments for asthma and for anxiety and depression.

Read more on beyondblue website

Complementary therapies

What are complementary therapies? These are ways of helping yourself stay healthy which complement medical treatment. While these can be useful, care...

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Complementary Therapies and mental illness.

What are complementary therapies? These are ways of helping yourself stay healthy which complement medical treatment. While these can be useful, care needs to be taken, especially when you have a mental illness. Some people use them instead of medical treatment or without consulting their doctor – this can be dangerous as substances used in ‘natural’ therapy are not required to undergo the same rigorous tests for safety as prescribed medications. The term ‘natural’ is also misleading, as most prescribed medications are actually derived from natural substances too.

Read more on Mi Networks website

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