Seasonal Affective Disorder and Functional Alcoholism

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Functional AlcoholismThose who struggle with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may turn to drugs or alcohol as a means of trying to cope with the symptoms of this mood disorder. Without effective treatment for SAD and the addiction that has taken control of your life, you may find that your outlook on life is pretty bleak. You will soon find that your life and spiraling out of your control. The good news is that when you reach out for help, you will be able to regain control of your life.

Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder and Alcoholism

The symptoms of SAD can vary greatly between individuals but could include some of the following:

  • Depression that progressively gets worse
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Fatigue
  • High levels of anxiety
  • Withdrawing from friends and social events
  • Sleeping difficulties that could include insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Heavy sensations in limbs
  • Difficulty focusing on tasks at hand

SAD symptoms tend to appear in late fall and ease in the sunnier parts of early spring. Symptoms may start out to be fairly mild but will gradually increase in severity, as the winter season progresses. Many opt to drink as a means of trying to cope with their mood disorder. This drinking may happen mostly in the evenings, when symptoms are at their worst. Regularly drinking can lead to functional alcoholism. Functional alcoholics are addicted to alcohol, but the following is often true:

  • They have a job or career
  • They have a home
  • They may have a family
  • They have a large network of friends
  • Their financial life seems mostly stable

While a functional alcoholic may seem to be stable, depression and alcohol are in control. Professionals with alcohol abuse problems are adept at hiding their personal problems from those around them. Treating depression and addiction is an essential part of learning to live a life that is within your control.

Get Quality Care for Seasonal Affective Disorder and Alcohol Abuse

Is your life controlled by SAD and addiction? Are drugs and depression making your life unrecognizable or un-enjoyable? Get help for both your depression and substance abuse problems by calling our toll-free helpline. Our counselors will guide you to the path of long-lasting sobriety. Please call us today.

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