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Flourish Psychology Offers Treatment for Seasonal Depression in NYC and Beyond

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), often characterized by depressive symptoms that emerge in specific seasons, typically in late fall or winter, is a condition that affects many individuals. Just like the changing seasons, the symptoms of SAD can come and go, but the impact on one’s daily life can be significant.

At Flourish Psychology, we specialize in understanding and treating Seasonal Affective Disorder, offering support to those in Brooklyn, New York City, and throughout NY state. Reach out to us at 917-737-9475, or through our online contact form.

Who We Are At Flourish Psychology?

Flourish Psychology is a team of therapists in Brooklyn known for their work treating and supporting those struggling with their mental health. We are a boutique private practice that integrates a broad range of evidence based therapies to help patients become their best possible selves.
Flourish Psychology has gathered a team of mental health professionals who are among the best in NYC. We offer personalized therapy suited to the diverse needs of our clients. Connection is key in therapy, and we invite you to connect with us to find a therapist tailored to your specific needs.

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Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, sometimes referred to as “Seasonal Depression,” is a form of depression that is typically directly related to the climate, weather, and light of the late fall and winter months.

Its origin can vary between individuals, but there is a link between SAD and early nightfall, more indoor activities (due to rain and cold).

In addition, although seasonal affective disorder is linked to the seasons, there may also be psychological links. For example, many people have psychological struggles associated with the holidays – a time when family gets together, and many people are stressed about money, gifts, past traumas, and much more. Seasonal affective disorder can thus have many causes that likely all connect together.
The symptoms of SAD are similar to other forms of depression, and include:

Persistent low mood

Loss of interest in usual activities

Sleep disturbances

Fatigue and low energy

Changes in appetite or weight

Feelings of despair or guilt

However, it’s important to recognize that while SAD shares similarities with other forms of depression, its seasonal pattern is a defining characteristic. It is theoretically possible to experience seasonal depression during summer or non-winter months, but it is unlikely.

What Causes Seasonal Affective Disorder?

The exact cause of SAD isn’t fully understood, but several factors are thought to contribute:

Reduced sunlight in fall and winter can disrupt your body’s internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.

A drop in serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, may play a role.

The change in season can disrupt the balance of the body’s level of melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and mood.

The Impact of SAD and its Treatment

Living with Seasonal Affective Disorder can feel overwhelming, affecting personal and professional life. However, effective treatment can alleviate symptoms and significantly improve quality of life. Some treatment options include:

Light Therapy (Phototherapy)


Lifestyle Changes

Each individual’s experience with SAD is unique, which is why at Flourish Psychology we tailor our treatment approaches to fit the specific needs of our clients.

Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder at Flourish Psychology

At Flourish Psychology, we offer a holistic approach to treating Seasonal Affective Disorder, considering the unique circumstances of each individual. Our therapy options are diverse, ranging from traditional talk therapy to innovative treatment methods. We are located in Brooklyn and New York City, and with remote therapy options, we can extend our services throughout New York State and beyond.

We invite you to contact us to embark on a journey towards better mental health and wellbeing. Our therapists are ready to develop a personalized treatment plan to address your needs and guide you towards a healthier, more fulfilling life. Reach out today, and let us help you navigate through the challenges of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Contact us at 917-737-9475, or fill out our online contact form to start your journey to recovery.

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