Are you “SAD”?
The days become darker. Less sunlight filters your life. The air becomes crisp early in the morning. And you want to sleep just a little while longer. You even reach for a cup of hot cider rather than a glass of cold, iced tea.
What has changed, you say? Fall is in the air. And winter will soon follow. During these colder, darker days, you may begin to experience such intense feelings as fatigue, lethargy, weight gain or even depression. You might even have other lesser, more vague symptoms like feeling “cooped up” or having “cabin fever.” Your increased anxiety, oversleeping, or loss of energy may have nothing at all to do with simply going through “the winter blues.” You may, in fact, have a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a cyclic, seasonal type of depression, which causes serious mood alterations in some people during lighting and temperature fluctuations caused by the four seasons. The onset of SAD can occur during any part of the year but most people experience symptoms beginning in the late fall to early winter. Symptoms of SAD can even last until late summer! Every year, half a million people in the United States suffer from this common type of fall- and winter-induced depression.
What are the symptoms of SAD?
Not everyone who develops SAD experiences the same symptoms. You may have Seasonal Affective Disorder if your symptoms come and go about the same time each year.
- Feel sad, grumpy, moody, irritable or anxious?
- Have a drop in energy levels, or feel fatigued?
- Lose interest in your usual activities and avoid social situations?
- Have a change in appetite, especially a craving for sweet or starchy foods such as pasta?
- Sleep more and feel drowsy during the daytime?
- Have difficulty concentrating?
What causes SAD?
Experts are not exactly sure what causes Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, they note that these series of mood shifts in those who do experience this syndrome are related to the changes in the amount of daylight to which a person is exposed during different times of the year. The lack of light may upset a person’s sleep-wake cycle, or what is known as circadian rhythms. Lack of natural light may also cause a person’s mood to shift off-kilter due to non-sufficient amounts of serotonin in the brain.
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