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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
- A type of depression that occurs at times in the year when there is less sunlight
- Onset is usually late fall/early winter, often around the time of Daylight Savings
- Symptoms include sleeping too much (hypersomnia), overeating, weight gain, and social isolation, in addition to typical symptoms of major depression
- SAD affects an estimated 3 million people per year, and it is more common among people with preexisting depressive disorders
- Talk to your provider about these feelings and symptoms as you notice them, and they can help you discover strategies for coping with and healing from them
Meet Your Provider!
Interview with Dr. Monica
Dr. Monica is the medical director and head psychiatrist here at MHWWC, and she sees many clients for psychiatric and medication management.
Interviewer: What drew you to the field of psychiatry?
Dr. Monica: I think that there can be a lack of compassion and understanding for mental health disorders. When someone has a mental disorder, there is a lack of support and they are even shunned, and I feel very strongly that people with mental health disorders require even more support and compassion because these disorders manifest themselves behaviorally and can destroy lives. I really wanted to be part of this kind of care and treatment of people with mental illness.
Interviewer: What do you like to do in your free time?
Dr. Monica: I like to be with my children, play the piano, read, and spend time with
friends and family.
Interviewer: What makes MHWWC unique as a practice?
Dr. Monica: The people who work here are dedicated to the holistic practice of mental
health care. They truly care about who people are as human beings and not just as
people with a diagnosis.
Interviewer: What do you see for MHWWC in the future?
Dr. Monica: As Mindful Healing Works continues to grow, I hope to see more
possibilities for mobile treatment services, so we can bring mental health care into the
home. I also believe we will be holding more specialized groups in the future to further
serve clients who benefit from that modality.