Many people turn to their homes and beds during the winter season. Come on, it’s cold and dreary outside, who really wants to be out and about.
While this is a common theme in the wintertime, there are some people who experience this change in behavior more than others.
SAD also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern1. While someone may experience SAD during any season, many people experience SAD during the wintertime when they find themselves inside more. This is usually accompanied with decreased physical activity and minimal exposure to natural sunlight both as a result of the person not going out and also due to the fact that there is less daylight in winter.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms that are associated with fall-winter SAD may include:
Often these symptoms are brushed off as the winter blues but it is important to speak with your general practitioner if these symptoms are prolonged over long periods of time. We believe it is important to stay on top of your health: mentally,physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Please take care of yourself and the people around you, and continue to discuss mental health issues with your friends and loved ones. Remember: knowledge is power.
 NHS UK. Seasonal Affective Disorder. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Seasonal-affective-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx
 Mayo Clinic. Seasonal Affective Disorder. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20021047
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