Seasonal affective disorder (also known as SAD) describes the mood changes that occur in late fall or early winter for many people. SAD occurs for short periods of time and symptoms typically go away by spring (National Institute of Mental Health). You may also know this disorder as “seasonal depression.”
SAD is a type of depression, but the symptoms aren’t as severe as they are for major depressive disorder, or clinical depression. Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder may include:
- Changes in sleep pattern – especially oversleeping
- Overeating and weight gain
- Low energy
- Social withdrawal
SAD is more likely to affect women than men, and more commonly found in the northern United States. SAD is also more commonly found in people who also suffer from major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder. Anyone can be affected by SAD though, as scientists believe light, vitamin D levels, and the limitations that come with winter weather can all play a part in the development of SAD.
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