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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Yes, it’s a real thing! We all know that Mother Nature can have a mind of her own, but she is more of an influence than we give her credit for. The most common type of Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs in the late onset of fall lasting through the winter months and goes away in the spring and summer, often called “winter depression”.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is more likely to occur in women more than men, and in younger adults than older adults but can affect us all.

Symptoms are similar to non-seasonal depression including:

  • low energy

  • agitation

  • sleep issues

  • appetite changes

  • feelings of sadness

Studies show that reduced sun can cause a drop in serotonin (a neurotransmitter that affects mood) that may trigger depression. The change in season can also disrupt melatonin levels which can affect sleep and mood.

Some treatment options are phototherapy, psychotherapy, and medications can also help. If you suspect of having the winter blues, its best to be evaluated and plan the best treatment option for you.

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