Happy Spring! If you experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), you might be feeling renewed energy as the days grow longer and we get more sunlight.
SAD is one form of depression that’s common in winter – especially in northern climates – and typically fades in spring and summer. If your symptoms linger even as days grow longer, it may be more serious.
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”)
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.
Want to shake off your SAD faster? Increase your physical activity; try meditation and stress management techniques; spend more time outside; and whenever you can, turn your face to the sun.