About Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is a form of depression experienced during the darker months of the year.

An environmental change in seasonal light and poorer weather conditions, combined with our hectic lifestyles, has a substantial impact on our circadian rhythms (our body’s internal body clock).

This consequently affects our mood and energy levels, having a significant impact on one’s day-to-day life.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

People suffering from SAD may experience symptoms such as:

  • Lethargy and lack of energy
  • Anxiety
  • Problems sleeping
  • Mood changes
  • Panic attacks
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Depression
  • Social and relationship problems

Treatment for SAD

Some conventional treatment options available for SAD include:

  • CBT
  • Bright light therapy
  • Antidepressant medication

rTMS Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder

rTMS is an alternative treatment option available to people suffering with SAD. It is a brain stimulation technique used to target the specific area of the brain implicated in depression.

It has been approved by NICE since 2015 as a safe and effective treatment for depression.

rTMS at Smart TMS, Ireland

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder is available at Smart TMS Ireland, based at our clinic in Dublin.