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What you consider “winter blues” might actually be Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to the changes of the seasons. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months.

 

Symptoms of SAD include feeling depressed most of the day, loss of interest, low energy, problems sleeping, change in appetite or weight, feeling sluggish, irritated, or worthless, difficulty concentrating and frequent thoughts of death or suicide.

 

Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), medications or psychotherapy.

 

Don’t brush off those “winter blues” feelings. If you feel down for days at a time or can’t get motivated to do normal activities, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.

 

Initially reported by Mayo Clinic. Read the article by clicking here.