Help for SAD sufferers

​THE CLOCKS go back on Sunday, October 28, with the onset of shorter days heralding a difficult time for some Scots. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of seasonal depression which tends to occur during the winter months and is thought to be linked to reduced exposure to sunlight although its exact causes are not understood. Symptoms include low mood, anxiety, feelings of despair and low self-esteem and it can have a significant impact on everyday life.

Tony McLaren, of Breathing Space, said: “Friends and family can sometimes find it difficult to understand the illness and how to offer support. It’s important that symptoms are not ignored. Our advisers here at Breathing Space can listen and offer free and confidential advice. We can also signpost callers to other services for support where appropriate.”

Breaching Space can be contacted on 0800 838587 and further information is also available online at