As the days shorten and the temperatures begin to drop, it’s safe to say winter is approaching. For some people this can trigger a case of seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
SAD can be seasonal in nature, occurring during the winter months when there is less exposure to light. In addition to the common symptoms of depression, there may also be oversleeping, carbohydrate craving and weight gain, according to NAMI.
Seasonal affective disorder can respond to light therapy or medication. In light therapy or phototherapy, you sit in front of a special light box designed to mimic outdoor light. It is also suggested that a 15-20 minute daily walk can help with SAD symptoms.
If you think your winter blues are signs of SAD, contact your physician. There is light at the end of the tunnel.