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What should I know to care for someone with seasonal affective disorder?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

When caring for someone with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it's important to remember that the disease impacts people physically, mentally and emotionally. Weight loss, lack of concentration, and lethargy may interfere with their ability to perform daily tasks. Helping them get through the day and positively reinforcing their good mood swings may help reduce the negative impact of SAD. Reassure them and encourage them to be as active as possible. Also make sure you provide medication or therapy according to any medical advice from their doctors.

Because seasonal affective disorder can have an impact on daily life, people with the disorder may also have a hard time emotionally coping with challenges. Make sure you're there to provide emotional support and help them find other resources, like counselors, that may be beneficial.

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