Maybe It's "SAD"

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If winter makes you sad, you’re not alone! Seasonal affective disorder, known as SAD, is a form of depression that is brought on by a change of season. Most often, SAD sufferers feel symptoms begin during the fall and winter months before receding in spring and summer.

SAD symptoms include low energy, daily feelings of depression, low energy, trouble sleeping or concentrating and changes in appetite, particularly cravings for carbohydrates.

So why does SAD happen? The reduced daylight hours can disrupt your internal clock, as well as lower the levels of serotonin in your brain. The lack of light also changes your melatonin levels, affecting both sleep and mood.

SAD is more common in women than men, and in young people than the elderly. Risks are higher for those with a family history of depression or a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

It’s time to see your doctor if you feel depressed for days at a time or find yourself not getting enjoyment out of your normal pastimes. Be particularly concerned if you turn to food or alcohol to cope, or have thoughts of suicide.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call our 24-hour Assessment Line at 779-696-2273.