The older generation did not turn to anyone if they needed help. They relied on themselves and their own instincts thus it may be quite difficult to broach the topic of them seeing a psychotherapist while trying to deal with the lamenting feelings associated with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). As soon as they hear the word therapist, they most likely turn and run as fast as their legs, canes, walkers and/or wheelchairs will take them
Psychotherapy has become a standard with the hard cases of SAD; it is another option to try to help deal with the feeling of depression and despair and since this disorder is thought to be related to brain chemistry, a person’s mood and behavior can also be linked to their symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic Staff, psychotherapy can assist a person when they are trying to identify and change the negative thoughts that seem to mainstream in their brain because of SAD; helps to change behaviors that help to dampen a person’s spirit.
Psychotherapists can help seniors discover healthy way to cope with their symptoms of Season Affective Disorder and help them to manage the stress buildup associated with it. If you can convince them that they are not ‘crazy’ (how they often consider if they have to see a therapist of any type), you will be doing them a favor because helping them shows you know that With Age Comes Respect!