Seasonal Depression: Got the Wintertime Blues? You're Not Alone.
Got the wintertime blues? You're not alone.
Clinically referred to as seasonal affective disorder, SAD affects an estimated 10 million Americans each year. SAD occurs most commonly during late fall and winter, when exposure to sunlight is limited.
SAD Symptoms Checklist:
1. Lack of interest in normal activities
2. Social withdrawal
3. High-carb cravings
4. Weight gain
1. Get outside when natural light is brightest.
2. Talk to your doctor about light therapy, which may boost your body’s level of serotonin (the “feel good” neurotransmitter) while decreasing production of melatonin, the hormone related to our sleep cycle).
3. Eat well (fruits, vegetables, whole grains).