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Depressed...or could it be Seasonal Affective Disorder

You know that feeling--the one that comes with winter. Every day it gets harder and harder to find that get up and go. Everything you attempt seems to take more and more energy and effort. Some days you even find yourself feeling a little moody.

For most, Seasonal Affective Disorder starts in the fall and continues into the winter months. For others this occurs in the Spring or early Summer.

According to http://www.nami.org, symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder include:

  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of energy
  • Heavy, "laden" feeling in the arms or legs
  • Oversleeping
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbs
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating

Antidepressants, including Prozac and Wellbutin, are useful in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder. Some doctors or medical professionals will treat patients with Seasonal Affective Disorder, while others will refer you to a psychiatrist.