Seasonal Affective Disorder

For some people, the winter blues during the fall and winter seasons can include feeling overwhelmed due to the stress of the holidays or feeling sad over the memories of loved ones that have passed. But these feelings usually don’t last very long and fade on their own. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a more severe mood condition that occurs each year as the seasons change, usually between September and April. For people suffering from SAD, the lack of natural sunlight and the shift in sleep–wake cycles affects their overall functioning and well-being and can lead to symptoms of depression, fatigue and social withdrawal, among others. A variety of treatments are available to help people living with SAD to enjoy the seasons without having to wait for spring.

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