Winter Gloom Is Upon Us

February can be the longest month especially if your mood dips as the seasons change. Seasonal affective disorder or SAD occurs when a lack of sunlight disrupts the body's circadian and serotonin cycles. It is a real form of depression. SAD is considered a form of recurrent major depressive disorder by the American Psychological Association (APA).  It usually begins in the fall, with symptoms worsening during the winter months, and improving in the spring and summer. Sometimes the opposite occurs; individuals experience mood problems in the spring and summer, and feel fine during the winter. People often seek the help of a therapist or enter psychotherapy in an effort to ease their symptoms. Many often need medication and alternative treatments such as light therapy. Alternative treatments are helpful and powerfully effective, and should be used with the support of a medical profession or experienced clinician as they can trigger mania in some individuals.  If you're feeling sad and blue this season, learn more about getting the help you need and some good, available options.  Read more from The Doctor Will See You Now

Kim Seelbrede is a New York City therapist, coach, consultant and EMDR psychotherapist with a private practice in Manhattan. Kimberly has expertise in the following: relationships, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, self-esteem, self-harm, ADD, ADHD, social difficulties, adolescent challenges, family issues, underachievement, perfectionism, identity and sexuality concerns, addictions, compulsions, OCD, binge eating, PTSD, trauma, transitions, life purpose, spirituality, health concerns, weight management, stress management, performance problems, life balance, meditation and mindfulness support. 

Kim completed her graduate studies at New York University and has advanced post-graduate psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and also holds an advanced certificate to practice EMDR therapy as well as specialized training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT skills, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), and applies the work of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and her training with The Gottman Institute in her work with couples. She Is a registered yoga therapist (200 + 500 RYT) trained with the Urban Zen Foundation.

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