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Council urges residents to seek 'winter blues' help
7:00am Sunday 27th January 2013 in News
CREWE residents are being advised not to feel SAD this winter – by seeking help to deal with the winter blues.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a recognised medical condition thought to affect up to a third of all people.
The mental health disorder is linked to fluctuations in light exposure that people experience between summer and winter.
People in the UK are susceptible to SAD, as the country experiences big changes between the seasons.
Cheshire East Council is urging anyone feeling unusually lethargic or depressed this winter to make contact with their GP.
Councillor Janet Clowes, cabinet member in charge of health and adult social care, said: “Our Spread the Warmth campaign offers a range of information on numerous subjects, including how to get help if people feel they are suffering with depression or lethargy.
“By visiting our website, we can point people in the right direction. Anybody who feels he or she is lacking in energy, is unable to carry out a normal routine or has sleep problems, finds it hard to stay awake during the day or is having disturbed nights should think about speaking to a health professional.”
Sean Reynolds, chairman of the Cheshire East adult safeguarding board, added: “It is at times like these that people may be less able to protect themselves or seek help.
“It is therefore important that we all show more understanding to our partners, parents, friends and neighbours and show extra vigilance and willingness to report any concerns.”
Potential symptoms of SAD include: Loss of libido, not interested in physical contact Anxiety, inability to cope Social problems, irritability, not wanting to see people Depression, feelings of gloom and despondency for no apparent reason Craving for carbohydrates and sweet foods, leading to weight gain.
Visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/winter for more information.