Falling leaves and frosty mornings are synonymous with depression and melancholy for many people. While it is often disregarded as normal it is a disorder termed as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is common in people with depression and among otherwise healthy individuals as well. Mostly it is reported in winters however rarely it can surface in spring or summer.
WHAT CAUSES “SAD”
The exact cause of SAD remain to be a mystery for researchers to some extent. Data gleaned from studies so far shows us that it can be due to:
- light sensitivity
- alterations in the production of melanin in your body
- brain chemicals
- ions in the air
YOU HAVE THE SEASONAL EFFECTIVE DISORDER IF YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS
- sleepy and drowsy all the time
- weight gain
- lethargy throughout the day
- change in appetite
- low on energy
- suicidal thoughts
- difficulty concentrating
FYI – women and people residing in the northern areas are at an elevated risk of feeling “SAD”
THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO TO BATTLE “SAD”
You do not have to tough out these symptoms as just-a-phase by labeling these symptoms are winter blues. Luckily there are many ways to deal with this feeling.
- Light therapy
- Counseling sessions
Take steps to stay motivated and live life to its fullest no matter what is season. Keep your colors brilliant and shine every day.