Kirksville, MO — We get our fair share of gloomy days in the Midwest, and for some that can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder.
SAD, is a type of depression that affects people at the same time each year, typically late fall through the winter months.
The disorder is more common in women than men and young people have a higher risk of developing it. With the conditions for most starting in their 20’s.
The changes in your mood are driven by chemicals in your body like serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin is thought to affect mood and appetite while melatonin will give the urge to sleep and wake up.
When you don’t get enough sunlight, it can lower the amount of serotonin your body produces, which can negatively affect your mood. Gloomy days can wreak havoc on the melatonin levels in our body making it harder for some people to get up on those dark mornings.
Symptoms of SAD can include:
The exact cause for SAD is not known but some of the factors that could influence the condition include:
If a lack of sunshine is keeping you down, a few simple tips could help turn your mood around.
Get yourself outside!
Let the light in
Don’t shut yourself in
Stay social and active through the gloomy weather.
Ask your doctor
There are many ways you can treat symptoms of SAD and they are easier than you think.
So the next time the forecast calls for gloomy conditions, you might want to skip that Netflix binge from bed.
You can learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder by clicking, here.