Do you tend to feel down in the winter? Do you over sleep or over eat? Have trouble concentrating and losing sleep?
Well you may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder or SAD.
â??Seasonal affective disorder means I'm depressed during the winter, depressed during the short light months of the year," Dr. Frank Froman, a Clinical Psychologist said.
And yes, it really is a disorder.
"The nice thing about seasonal affective, it is very easily treated if you have it, there is medications that work for it also there's just the exposure to certain kinds of light," Dr. Froman said.
Froman says the lack of light really affects our mood.
"Basically what they are discovering is, light hitting the eye, seems to wind up producing certain chemicals in the brain that make you feel better and that when people live more in darkness they tend to ... don't get exposed to that light and light is as important for human beings as it is for plants,â?? Dr. Froman said.
He also says exercise helps.
Moving around rids our bodies of lethargy and keeping up with the routine makes one feel better.
SAD usually goes away when spring arrives in March.
Below are other symptoms of SAD:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increase in appetite
- Increased desire to be alone
- Increased need for sleep
- Weight gain
- Decreased levels of energy
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