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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

January 09, 2017

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a kind of depression which most people feel in the fall and through the winter months. It can, however, be experience by some people in the spring or summer months.

During this time, people who have Seasonal Affective Disorder during the fall and winter months can experience changes in appetite, may oversleep, could have difficulty getting along with other people, and can also feel very tired or low on energy.

So, what causes Seasonal Affective Disorder? While very specific causes are unknown, there are a few things that can contribute to the onset of SAD.

  • Your body’s inner clock – Since fall and winter days have less sunlight, your body’s inner clock can be disrupted.
  • Melatonin levels – Levels of melatonin may drop during this season, and can affect your general mood and your sleep schedule.

Seasonal Affective Disorder should be taken seriously, and you should contact a medical professional if you feel you or a loved one is experiencing SAD.

 

 

 

Information retrieved from Mayo Clinic 10/3/15.






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