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Does Winter Depress You?


S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs during the colder months of the year, and it may be caused from a lack of uninhibited sunlight.


This fact can be proven from other studies that suggest there are far fewer cases of S.A.D. in southern states, when compared to northern states.


What are the symptoms of S.A.D.?  According to the Mayo Clinic, winter-onset seasonal affective disorder symptoms may include:

§                     Feeling depressed or moody much of the time

§                     Feelings of hopelessness

§                     No energy - feeling tired all the time

§                     Appetite changes & weight gain

§                     Loss of interest in activities

§                     Difficulty concentrating and more.


If you think that you may have S.A.D. consult with your family physician. Treatment for seasonal affective disorder may include light therapy.  If S.A.D. is severe, psychotherapy and medications may be required. 

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  • Cathy P 5 years ago

    Is this any different from the Winter blues?

  • Author Pam Brammann 5 years ago

    Cathy, good question! The answer is both yes and no. It depends on the severity and length of time the blues set in. Regardless, if your depressed mood is being noticed by other people or if you are feeling depressed more often than feeling content, it may be time to visit your family doctor.

  • Jim B 5 years ago

    I have the perfect cure!! Laugh 2-3 times a day. Not just a chuckle...but a full-out belly laugh. (Record "Funniest Home Videos", or your favorite movie, like "Christmas Vacation", or one of Obama's speeches and play it back a little each day!) Laughing hard increases your serotonin levels tremendously!

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