Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is common during the winter months. It happens when your mood dips due to having less sunlight. Many people have some of the symptoms.
PubMed Health lists the following symptoms:
- Increased appetite with weight gain (weight loss is more common with other forms of depression)
- Increased sleep (too little sleep is more common with other forms of depression)
- Less energy and ability to concentrate
- Loss of interest in work or other activities
- Sluggish movements
- Social withdrawal
- Unhappiness and irritability
What can you do to avoid S.A.D.?
- Get at least 10 minutes of sunlight a day, whenever possible
- Exercise at least 10 minutes a day
- Get the right amount of sleep
- Stay active in something that you enjoy
- Eat a diet that includes fruit and vegetables
- Know that Spring will bring a change in mood
In some cases, an appointment with your doctor will help, and he/she may recommend “Light Therapy.” In that case, you will buy a special light that acts as a substitute for sunlight and can be used for several minutes per day in order to increase your mood.