Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you don’t normally experience depression but find yourself feeling blue around the same time every year, you may want to be evaluated for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). As we move into fall and winter, the days get shorter and our exposure to sunshine diminishes. For some people, this is accompanied by sadness, lack of energy and motivation, and changes in sleep and appetite. Because these symptoms often show a pattern of starting in the fall, peaking in the winter, and dissolving in the spring, SAD was chosen as a term for this seasonal mental health issue.