Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also commonly referred to as a severe case of the winter blues, has been noted as far back as 1845. It affects approximately 10 million Americans, with symptoms beginning in the fall and continuing through the winter months.
Shorter days, lack of sunlight and cold temperatures are all associated with this disorder. If you are constantly feeling tired, you’re experiencing mood changes, you’re craving carbs, or noticing weight gain, you may be experiencing SAD.
If you have to fight yourself to get out of bed in the morning, you lack motivation to do the things you once used to love, you’re withdrawing socially and you have increased anxiety, you may want to seek help.
Along with the symptoms, there are other things you may want to educate yourself about. For instance, women are at higher risk than men, and you may be at a higher risk depending on where you live.