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Do You Suffer From Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Do You Suffer From Seasonal Affective Disorder?

If you find that your mood starts to drop during the Winter months, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Often called Winter depression, SAD is a mood disorder brought on by the lack of light due to shorter days. The symptoms of SAD can be quite severe and are in line with major depression, but typically disappear with the arrival of Spring.

If you suffer from SAD, some symptoms you may experience are irritability, a drop in energy level, and weight gain. Treatment includes light therapy, monitored doses of melatonin, or antidepressants.

I definitely get a little bummed when the days get shorter during the Winter, but do not suffer from SAD. I do try and spend as much time as I can outdoors before the sun sets though. How about you?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I think I have it to some degree, but I take a vitamin D supplement that seems to help a LOT. My MIL has it bad...she actually has to sit in a full-spectrum light every day for an hour so she doesn't get too down.
kia kia 7 years
My husband gets SAD I don't even come close because I enjoy being outside even when the weather is bad. When we have days of grey I can usually snap him out of it with a long hike if he is bundled up. I also keep a yellow-orange tinted light in the bedroom to help him adjust from sleep to light when our daylight is short.
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
I was diagnosed about 10 years ago with SAD, before it was really publicised and people knew about it. I've found that getting out and about as much as possible, forcing myself out of bed and a light box have really helped. I quit anti-depressants at least 8 years ago and found that exercise and going running regularly really helps. It's raining and miserable outside so I went out for a run and I feel 10,000 times better now than I did this morning.
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