Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
What is it?
Seasonal Affective Disorder is also known as the “Winter Blues” because those who suffer with it feel down, depressed, experience loss of energy, changes in appetite/sleep patterns during the winter months. The condition is believed to be due to the lower light levels that are around during winter. It is quite common for people to begin to experience symptoms at the beginning of autumn and throughout winter, as the days begin to get shorter. SAD symptoms often tend to improve or disappear completely in the summer and spring months. Symptoms of SAD can include persistent low mood, irritable, lack of energy and a loss of pleasure in everyday activities.
DIY self diagnosisIf you can answer YES to the majority of these questions you may be experiencing SAD:
- During the autumn and winter months, do you find you are more likely to experience persistent low mood?
- During the autumn and winter months, do you find yourself more irritable for no specific reason?
- Do you experience a loss of pleasure or interest in activities during the autumn and winter months, that you would normally enjoy?
- Do you find yourself more tired and lethargic during the autumn and winter months?
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