Teenage SAD
 
 
Teenage SAD or normal "Teenage Blues" ?
 
Children and young people get SAD just like everybody else
 
So how do you know if your low mood is to do with winter ?
 
 
YOU MIGHT BE
 
Feeling sad and depressed most of the time
 
Having sleep problems (oversleeping, waking up at night, falling asleep during the day)
 
Struggling more than usual with work and studies
 
 
HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M NOT JUST MISERABLE ANYWAY ?
 
SAD happens in the autumn and winter months so you will almost always feel better in summer
 
You may also feel much better on a sunny day or when you've spent time outside
 
You're fine and sociable in summer, but you've had two to three miserable winters - is there a pattern ?
 
 
WHAT SIMPLE THINGS WILL HELP MY MOOD ?
 
Make sure you spend some time outside in daylight every day
 
Eat a good, balanced diet, not junk food
 
Try to keep a regular sleep pattern at least during the week
 
Don't watch screens too late at night as the bright light may affect your sleep
 
 
NEXT STEPS
 
Talk to a helpful adult or your GP if you think you have SAD
 
Teenagers can safely use a light box in the same way as everyone else
 
Talk to a helpful adult or your GP if you think you have SAD
 
 
If you feel very depressed or are having thoughts about harming yourself seek help immediately
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IT'S ALL ABOUT LIGHT!
 
 
"My first episode of SAD was when I was about 13. I'd had 'flu in winter and was stuck inside a lot. I just felt anxious and miserable and tired. I missed my exams and felt sure everyone at school hated me. By summer I felt better again"
 
(Sarah)
 
"Sleeping problems kicked in for me when I was in my 'teens and I felt very low in winter. The trouble is, everyone thinks it's just the usual teenage stuff"
 
(Jake)
 
"I know now why I always hated Christmas. In summer I was a different person and definitely a party animal."
 
(Sam)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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