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How to Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, is a type of depression that occurs during the fall and winter months. The exact cause of SAD is unknown, but there are several factors that may contribute to the development of the disorder, including genetic predisposition, changes in brain chemistry, and reduced exposure to sunlight.

While SAD can be a debilitating condition, there are several treatment options available that can help sufferers cope with their symptoms. These options include psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, and exercise. Let’s take a closer look at each of these treatment options.


Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for SAD because it can help people understand and change their negative thought patterns. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that is particularly effective in treating SAD. CBT helps SAD sufferers identify and challenge their negative thoughts so that they can learn to think more positively about themselves and their environment.

Nutritional Counseling

Many people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder also suffer from poor nutrition. Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help improve your mood and give you the energy you need to get through the day. Nutritional counseling with a Registered Dietitian can help you develop a healthy eating plan that meets your unique needs.


Exercise is another effective treatment for SAD because it releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. A moderate amount of exercise is the key to getting these benefits; too much exercise can actually have negative effects on your mood. A Registered Kinesiologist can help you develop an exercise plan that is right for you.


Seasonal affective disorder is a serious condition that can have a significant impact on your quality of life. However, there are treatments available that can help you cope with your symptoms. At CARESPACE Health+Wellness you can simply start by booking a free first online appointment with your choice of practitioner – a Psychotherapist, Dietitian or Kinesiologist. They will add in the appropriate services right for you to develop a coordinated multidisciplinary plan that may include psychotherapy counselling, nutrition advice, and an exercise plan that work together for fast and sustainable results.

Mia Ostovar

Mia Ostovar

Mia is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and a Registered Social Worker. Mia has worked closely with various demographics and diverse population within both micro and macro settings. She has supported and brought resources to communities through community development initiatives. In addition, she has provided clinical psychotherapeutic services to individuals ages sixteen and older. Mia uses an integrative approach, with a focus on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Strengths-Based Therapy (SBT), Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBT), Cross-Cultural Therapy (CCT), as well an informed approach to Trauma-Focused Therapy (TFT). Mia has knowledge and practical experience working with various psychiatric diagnosis like major depressive disorder (MDD), bi-polar disorder, borderline personality disorder (BPD), schizophrenia, as well as complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). In addition, she has provided therapeutic services to court mandated clients, those having problems related to their relationships, grief and loss, and anger/emotional regulation. Mia is available for in-person and virtual psychotherapy with TeleCARE.