Your winter-time blues could be more than that

Kalie Strain
Editorial Assistant


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a disorder that affects 4-6% of people in the United States, and up to 20% of Americans suffer from a milder form of SAD, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

SAD is a disorder that can affect someone in the winter or summer, but it’s most often a winter issue. Symptoms of fall-winter onset SAD are depression, increased sleep, increased appetite, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, and even headaches, according to AAFP.

There are several ways to help ease the symptoms of SAD.

“Sometimes a lot of… our mental health treatment sometimes is just working with people on awareness and then teaching them what steps or working with them on creating a plan for when they feel that way,” said Tiffany Castleman, who has a Ph.D. in education leadership and psychology and is a licensed professional counselor in both Missouri and Kansas.

Castleman is the vice-president of Family Services & Support at the Mattie Rhodes Center. 

Mattie Rhodes provides many services to the surrounding community, with mental health care being one of them.

General self-care can be an easy first step in the right direction. 

Actively paying attention to mood and energy levels and planning enjoyable activities can help ease symptoms.

Exercising more can also go a long way in improving mood as well.

“There’s even been research out there that says exercise is more effective than antidepressants. So that is a good, low-cost kind of treatment,” said Castleman.

 Light therapy may also help people suffering from SAD. Light therapy is the use of a 10,000-lux lightbox to substitute for the lack of sunlight during the winter months. 

According to the University of British Columbia, light therapy is best used during the morning and in part with a consistent sleep schedule.

People considering using light therapy should make sure to purchase one with white fluorescent light bulbs that have an ultraviolet (UV) ray filter. UV rays can damage skin and eyes.

People curious about this treatment should consult with their doctor.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is another way to help with SAD. CBT is sitting down with a therapist and working through thoughts and feelings, and discussing what steps to take to rework how one thinks about their emotions and situations that are affecting them. 

“I’d really like for people to embrace the idea of mental health,” said Castleman. “There’s a stigma around mental health or asking for help and I would like for it to eventually be just like any type of general health. If you seek services for mental health, it’s not something to be embarrassed about. It’s being proactive about improving your life.”

Mattie Rhodes is a resource for the Northeast community and they offer mental health care on a sliding-scale fee. 

This means that families and individuals with lower incomes will pay only a small fee or no fee at all for mental health services. Mattie Rhodes has therapists that speak both English and Spanish.
 

To set up an appointment call the Mattie Rhodes’ 148 North Topping Avenue office at (816) 241-3780. 

The office staff will ask what kind of services the caller is looking for and will set them up for an intake session. This intake session is used to match people with an appropriate counselor to meet their needs.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Northeast groups host meet and greet with new City Manager

    February 26th, 2021
    by

    Residents of Northeast had the opportunity to meet Kansas City’s new city manager Brian Platt in a virtual event hosted […]


    Fresh Market donates $30,000 in food to Northeast organizations

    February 25th, 2021
    by

    By Abby Hoover and Nikki Lansford Fresh Market – Mercado Fresco, the newest addition to the Independence Avenue business community, […]


    Stray bullet from overnight gun battle causes gas leak at Indep/Benton Blvds.

    February 24th, 2021
    by

    Independence Avenue is closed at Benton Boulevard this morning. Sources say that a rolling gun battle that occurred overnight in […]


    Kansas City T-Bones rebranded to honor historic Negro League Kansas City Monarchs

    February 24th, 2021
    by

    Nikki Lansford Editorial Assistant One of Kansas City’s most noteworthy sports teams is heading to the field once more. President […]


    ‘Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence’ now streaming

    February 24th, 2021
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Last week, the long anticipated documentary on the life story of Healing House founder Bobbi Jo […]


    MAKING OUR MUSEUM

    February 24th, 2021
    by

    Sponsored ContentNortheast News Over the next seven months, The Northeast News and the Kansas City Museum are collaborating on a […]


    Storytelling on the Streetcar: Celebrating Black Culture

    February 23rd, 2021
    by

    On Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m., Kansas City is virtually invited to join KC Streetcar’s Third Annual Black History […]


    City provides options for warrants, fines

    February 22nd, 2021
    by

    The Kansas City Municipal Court and City Prosecutor’s Office are working together to host #ResolveIt, a special campaign from now through […]


  • Missouri expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine

    February 18th, 2021
    by

    As of Thursday, Feb. 18, Missouri opened vaccination eligibility to Phase 1A, Phase 1B – Tier 1 and Tier 2. […]


    Northeast partners to host meet-and-greet with new city manager

    February 17th, 2021
    by

    Nikki Lansford Editorial Assistant Residents will have an opportunity to meet Kansas City’s new city manager Brian Platt in a […]


    Apartment fire displaces Northeast tenants

    February 17th, 2021
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Residents of more than a dozen apartments at 504 and 506 Gladstone Blvd. were left out […]


    City considers annual budget proposal

    February 17th, 2021
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The City of Kansas City, Mo., has begun discussion on its next annual budget. The preliminary […]


    Kansas City Public Library receives grants for youth, technology programs

    February 17th, 2021
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Kansas City Public Library has recently been awarded two grants, one that will bring a Mobile […]


    Weather impacts City services

    February 16th, 2021
    by

    Due to frigid temperatures, road conditions and crews’ safety, Kansas City, Mo., residents should expect delays with trash and recycling this […]


    Power outages, winter temperatures cause closures

    February 16th, 2021
    by

    Due to local utility companies planning power outages to conserve energy, below zero temperatures and slick roads – on top […]


    Evergy begins rolling outages as energy demand rises amid freezing temperatures

    February 15th, 2021
    by

    On Monday, Feb. 15, after frigid temperatures had persisted for over a week in the Kansas City metro, energy provider […]


  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.