Mental Health and Addiction Ministry

Mission Statement: Trinity Presbyterian Church Mental Health and Addiction Support Ministry exists to provide education with a focus on prevention, early intervention, referral assistance and to support recovery in a confidential, accepting and healing environment.

Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.

Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), medications and psychotherapy.

Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. Less commonly, people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin in spring or summer. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses.

Signs and symptoms of SAD may include:

  1. Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
  2. Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
  3. Having low energy
  4. Having problems with sleeping
  5. Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
  6. Feeling sluggish or agitated
  7. Having difficulty concentrating
  8. Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
  9. Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide

It's normal to have some days when you feel down. But if you feel down for days at a time and you can't get motivated to do activities you normally enjoy, see your doctor. This is especially important if your sleep patterns and appetite have changed, you turn to alcohol for comfort or relaxation, or you feel hopeless or think about suicide.

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Seasonal Affect Disorder


Upcoming Events MHAM will be hosting:

Saturday May 2, 2020 in honor of Mental Health Awareness month, MHAM will be hosting its first Annual Mental Health Fair.

    Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church 640 Berwyn Avenue Berwyn, PA 19312     Time: 10am - 2pm    Refreshments will be available                                                          

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