• Don’t Be SAD

    December 6, 2019

    The holiday season is a time that can be filled with joy, family, friends and cheer. But, if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), your mood can become sad with seasonal changes. This sadness can come about during the summer, but it is most common in the winter months. It is helpful to know some of the common signs and risk factors.

    Some traits of winter SAD are:

    • Low energy

    • Sleeping a lot

    • Overeating

    • Weight gain

    • Craving carbs

    • Social withdrawal

    You may be more likely to get SAD if you are young, female or live far from the equator. You may also be prone to SAD if you have depression or have a family history of depression. The causes of SAD are unknown. But don’t worry. Help is available.

    If you can’t seem to shake these seasonal blues, talk to your doctor for support. There are many care choices, such as: light therapy, medication, talk therapy and Vitamin D. Your doctor will help decide what is best for you.

    Sources: National Institute of Mental Health and National Alliance on Mental Illness