The onset of Winter can bring Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a form of depression that’s common in northern climates. If you experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), you might be feeling less energy as the days grow shorter and we get less sunlight.
Women are four times as likely to be diagnosed with seasonal depression than men, and younger adults have a higher risk of SAD than older adults. Family history and a history of depression or bipolar disorder can increase the risk of seasonal depression.
Talk with your health care provider if you’re experiencing:
- Chronic low energy
- Excessive sleepiness (hypersomnia)
- Overeating and weight gain
- Craving for carbohydrates and sweets
- Social withdrawal (feel like “hibernating”)
To help manage your SAD, you can:
- Increase your physical activity
- Try meditation and stress management techniques
- Spend more time outside
- Whenever possible, turn your face to the sun