Seasonal Affective Disorder is triggered by the change of the seasons. As Fall turns into winter, the days get shorter and colder. It becomes more common to have a grey and gloomy day of rain or snow that forces us to stay indoors and out of the sun. Turning the clocks back makes matters worse since by the time the work day is over, it is already dark out and the feeling of the day being over, and even wasted strikes us to the core.
How can you tell if you are just feeling down because of the cold or if you are truly suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder? SAD is a type of major depression and the main symptoms are the same:
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Having low energy
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Having problems with sleeping
- Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
Fall and Winter-related Seasonal Affective Disorder may include additional symptoms such as irritability, appetite changes, especially a craving for excessive carbs, and weight gain.
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