Feeling "Blue"? It Could Be SAD

December 13, 2016

Are you feeling gloomy as the winter months roll in and the temperature starts to drop?  If so, you're not alone! According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 3 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder every year around this time.

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD.

 

Symptoms of the Winter Pattern of SAD include:

  • Having low energy

  • Hypersomnia

  • Overeating

  • Weight gain

  • Craving for carbohydrates

  • Social withdrawal (feel like “hibernating”)

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To learn more about the signs, causes, and treatments for SAD visit the National Institute of Mental Health

www.nimh.nih.gov

 

 

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