Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a common psychological disorder that manifests itself as a depression brought on by a change of season. Symptoms usually begin and end around the same time each year, and the onset pattern usually starts in autumn or winter, or more rarely, at the beginning of spring or summer.
Fortunately, SAD disorder treatment with IV and IM therapy at Vitamin Injections London can work wonders for sufferers. We recognise that what some people refer to as the “winter blues” is, in fact, a recurring psychological condition that can dramatically affect an individual’s motivation levels, mood and state of mind.
To this end, we have developed a twelve-week SAD disorder treatment programme for those afflicted at any time of year. By combining two powerful vitamin, mineral, enzyme and micronutrient injections in one sitting for twelve weeks, we can consistently tackle the condition for an entire season.
IV & IM therapy for SAD disorder treatment
Our overall objective is to greatly diminish - and in some cases, eliminate - the psychological and physical burdens of seasonal depression with a range of natural and vitamin-based SAD disorder treatment medications. Read below to find out if your symptoms mirror those of seasonal affective disorder, and learn about the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that we use at Vitamin Injections London to help you beat SAD.
Symptoms of SAD
These may slowly worsen as the seasonal changes progress. Signs and symptoms may include the following:
- Anxiety, depression and social withdrawal;
- Unable to enjoy pleasurable activities or hobbies;
- Low energy levels;
- Sleep disturbances;
- Changes in appetite or eating disorders;
- Weight loss or gain;
- Feeling agitated and sluggish;
- Difficulty concentrating and maintaining focus;
- Feeling worthless, hopeless and lonely;
- Problems at work or school;
- Alcohol and substance abuse;
- Suicidal thoughts.
Autumn and winter seasonal affective disorder
- Trouble waking up or oversleeping;
- Changes in appetite, including food cravings;
- Weight gain;
- Fatigue, lack of concentration and diminished focus.
Spring and summer seasonal affective disorder
- Trouble falling asleep and insomnia;
- Loss of appetite;
- Unintentional weight loss;
- Anxiety and agitation.
Causes of seasonal affective disorder
Not all of these have been determined. However, several factors that contribute to the onset of SAD have been identified and include:
- The circadian rhythm: this refers to our internal clock. The decline in daylight hours during autumn and winter can disrupt circadian rhythm and lead to a marked reduction in energy levels. The same applies for summer-onset SAD, where longer days negatively affect an individual’s circadian rhythm.
- Serotonin:this is a neurotransmitter that greatly impacts our mood. Reduced levels of serotonin are associated with depression and anxiety disorders. Less exposure to sunlight can cause low serotonin levels and trigger SAD.
- Melatonin: this is the hormone responsible for controlling our sleep and wake cycles. It is greatly influenced by exposure to sunlight. During the shorter days of winter melatonin can be produced either later or earlier in the day. This chance often leads to a disturbance in sleep patterns and mood.
- Vitamin D3: low levels of vitamin D have been associated with SAD. The body synthesises vitamin D3 when exposed to sunlight. Needless to say, autumn and winter are scarce in sunlight, which can lead to a vitamin D3 deficiency. Vitamin D3 supplements are thus an effective treatment for SAD.
Risk factors for SAD
Seasonal depression occurs more often in women than in men. It is also more frequently diagnosed in younger people. Factors that can increase the risk of its development include:
- Family history: if you have family members that suffer from SAD, you are more predisposed to its development;
- Bipolar disorder and major depression: those with either of these conditions may experience worsened symptoms when seasons change;
- Vitamin and micronutrient deficiencies: an unbalanced diet aggravates vitamin and micronutrient deficiencies, which can lead to SAD;
- Living further north or south: SAD is more often diagnosed in people who live far south or, alternatively, far north of the equator due to diminished daylight or nighttime hours.
Our SAD disorder treatment programme
Our unique twelve-week IV and IM SAD disorder treatment course is a departure from conventional treatments including psychotherapy, antidepressant medication and light box therapy, which do not work to provide adequate vitamin supplementation for SAD sufferers’ internal health issues.
Here, we break down some of the key natural vitamins and nutrients that we use for SAD disorder treatment at Vitamin Injections London:
- Vitamin D deficiency treatment has been found to be as effective as light box therapy for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder. We therefore recommend IM Vitamin D Shots as part of our SAD disorder treatment programme due to its potency, absorption and distribution. Additionally, our Vitamin D3 Skin patches can be used in between injection sessions on a daily basis.
Zinc and minerals
- Zinc is an essential co-factor that interacts with vitamin D and potentiates its effects. Therefore, whilst administering vitamin D for SAD, we include Vitality Shots containing zinc as part of our SAD disorder treatment programme.
- Our Multi-Mix multi-mineral injections are also included in our SAD course due to their inclusion of organic trace metals that are otherwise difficult for the body to absorb without concurrent Vitamin D injections.
Supplementing with B vitamins can treat the fatigue and mood-related side effects of SAD by restoring energy levels, supplementing nutritional intake and improving symptoms of depression.
For the treatment of seasonal affective disorder and its symptoms, we include the following B vitamin supplements in our SAD disorder treatment plan:
- Vitamin B Complex injections, with a range of essential B vitamins needed by the body to ensure optimal nutritional health;
- Pick Me Up B12 injections with folic acid, a natural anti-depressant, as well as B12, which fights against energy declineand improves mental agility.
Our twelve-week SAD disorder treatment plan
- Week 1 / Vitamin D | B Complex
- Week 2 / Multi-Mix Multimineral IV | Pick Me Up B12
- Week 3 / Vitamin D | B Complex
- Week 4 / Multi-Mix Multimineral IV | Pick Me Up B12
- Week 5 / Vitality IV | B Complex
- Week 6 / Pick Me Up B12 | Multi-Mix Multimineral IV
- Week 7 / Vitamin D | B Complex
- Week 8 / Multi-Mix Multimineral IV | Pick Me Up B12
- Week 9 / Vitality IV | B Complex
- Week 10 / Multi-Mix Multimineral IV | Pick Me Up B12
- Week 11 / Vitamin D | B Complex
- Week 12 / Vitality IV | Pick Me Up B12
SAD treatment prices
The costs per individual twelve-week course based on the injections detailed above are as follows:
Vitality IV - £200 per treatment | £600 per 12 week course
Multi-Mix Multimineral IV - £200 per treatment | £900 per 12 week course
Pick Me Up B12 - £125 per treatment | £625 per 12 week course
Vitamin D - £60 to £100 per treatment | £320 per 12 week course
B Complex - £100 per treatment | £500 per 12 week course
The full RRP price based on purchasing the individual treatments above comes to £3,370. However, with our SAD package price of £2499, you can save an amazing £871!
We also offer single SAD treatments priced at £595 each, consisting of two of the injections listed above. Call +44 (0) 203 823 6551 or contact us through our online form to book a consultation with our specialist IV/IM practitioners.
What to expect
In order to fully benefit from IV vitamin SAD disorder treatment therapy, it is recommended that a combination course of injections is undertaken. Please visit our prices page to find out more.
If you feel that our IV vitamin SAD disorder treatment therapy may be of benefit to you, contact our experienced practitioners today on +44 (0) 203 823 6551 or use our online form to book a consultation with our specialist IV/IM practitioners.
Vitamin Injections London is headed by skilled IV/IM Medical Aesthetician and Skin Specialist Bianca Estelle. Our experienced IV/IM practitioners will conduct a full review of your medical history and advise you regarding your suitability for IV & IM SAD disorder shots in London's Marylebone and Beckenham, Kent.