Time for SAD?
As the beautiful fall weather begins to give way to winter chills, about 1 to 2 percent of Americans will find themselves feeling the onset of depression. When depression is correlated to the change of seasons, it’s called Season Affective Disorder (SAD). Studies indicate that SAD is more common in women than in men.
How do you spot SAD? Some of the key signs are changes in appetite and sleep. If you’re finding it harder to wake up, or finding that you can’t resist that second slice, you may be under the effects of SAD. You may wish to consult a mental health professional for a more accurate diagnosis.
The good news about SAD is that is goes away when the weather improves, and it can respond very well to light therapy, where a person spends time under a lamp that simulates sunlight. Antidepressants used to treat SAD work just as effectively as they do on other types of depression.
To learn more about SAD, read “The Lighter Side of Treating SAD“