Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD

What you should know
about Seasonal Affective Disorder

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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

Are You SAD? Seasonal Depression Symptoms

While autumn can bring beautiful leaves and crisp, enjoyable evenings that many enjoy, for others the fall season can be somewhat melancholy, bringing about an unwelcome change in mood. As daylight hours shorten, as many as 1 in 3 Americans notice increased feelings of lethargy and sadness, as well as a decreased number of bright and happy thoughts, as if their emotions are echoing the change in seasons.

This common condition, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, is a type of depression brought about by the change in seasons. Although anyone can be affected regardless of age, gender or location, SAD generally tends to be more prevalent in populations that live in more northern regions, where the changes in seasons are more drastic and noticeable.

SAD happens most in the winter and some of the more common symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder may include:

Having trouble waking up in the morning
Withdrawal and Depression
Overeating, especially carbohydrates
Concentration Difficulties

Of course, most of these symptoms could also be present with any other type of depression so getting the proper mental health evaluation is vital.

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