Do You Have The “Winter Blues?”

winter blues Are the dark, gloomy winter days getting you down? Ever wondered why you may feel sad and low towards the end of the year? If you are dealing with these types of feelings, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) may be to blame. December is Seasonal Affective Disorder/Seasonal Depression Awareness month, continue reading to learn more about this disorder and how you can banish the winter blues.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as SAD is a type of depression that often occurs during the fall and winter months, typically between September and April. SAD affects an estimated half a million people each year. It is believed that some react negatively to the decreasing amounts of sunlight and the drop in temperatures which can lead to SAD. This disorder is often referred to as the “winter blues” or the “winter depression.”

People with SAD may have many of the common signs of depression such as:

  • Tiredness
  • Increase in Appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased Activity Level
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Weight Gain
  • Body Aches

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.

To find out more information about SAD please visit http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/seasonal-affective-disorder or talk to your doctor to find out if treatment and medication is right for you.

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