Care Givers and Helpers Need to Notice Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Chelsea, MI (PressExposure) April 06, 2009 -- Studies have shown that the seasons can have an adverse affect on mental health. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a seriously disabling illness which prevents people from functioning normally. The illness affects millions of people each year, causing seasonal depression during the winter months. Combine this illness with care giver stress and the holiday season and the results can be disastrous.

Rebecca Sharp Colmer is a senior care specialist who has written books and articles about caregiving. She explains SAD as a seasonal disorder that can return each year, typically between September and February. Rebecca explained, “Symptoms tend to be the atypical symptoms of depression, including increased sleep, increased appetite, carbohydrate cravings, weight gain, irritability, interpersonal difficulties, rejection sensitivity and a heavy feeling in the arms or legs. It is most important that care givers be aware of these symptoms as they can experience this condition just as easily as those who they are caring for.”

When asked what causes this disorder, Rebecca answered, “SAD is believed to be caused by a disturbance in the normal circadian rhythm of the body. Light entering through the eyes influences this rhythm. When it is dark, the pineal gland produces a substance called melatonin which is responsible for the drowsiness we feel each day after dusk. Light entering the eyes at dawn shuts off the production of melatonin. During the winter months, when the days are shorter, people often leave for work before dawn and do not get home until after sunset. This lack of natural sunlight causes normal rhythm to become disrupted, producing symptoms of SAD.”

Many people experience the “blues” during the winter season; some become very depressed. Learn more about SAD and other issues that can affect care givers and their loved ones at []

Contact: MeAndMyCaregivers P.0. Box 157 Chelsea, MI 48118 Phone: 734-458-1098 Email:

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About MeAndMyCaregivers

Rebecca Sharp Colmer, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor [], as recognized by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. The national organization has trained over 14,000 professionals across the country. As an Elder Care Advocate she has taken the educational initiative to become a professional leader in meeting the key needs and vital issues concerning senior citizens. In addition, she is a nationally recognized author, publisher, and speaker. She is also a caregiver. She is the creator of
[], communications hub for everyone on the caregiving team. She is also the creator of the Family Caregiver Starter Kit, which contains useful resources, forms, information, statistics, ideas,
suggestions, and checklists to help caregivers not only care for others, but for themselves as well.

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Press Release Submitted On: April 01, 2009 at 1:35 am
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