It’s normal to experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), especially if you live in an area with long, dark winters. Tens of thousands of years ago, our bodies needed to slow down during the winter to conserve energy. But as we’ve evolved, this tendency to preserve our strength for warmer months no longer serves us.
We’re just too busy. We operate in a 24-hour society where we need to be on, all the time. And anyone who suffers from SAD knows that it’s just not possible to always be on. SAD affects your mood, energy, sleep and appetite, and leaves you feeling hopeless, sad, or stressed, with no interest in things that usually bring you joy.
We feel completely different from the person we were in summer when everything is literally brighter. If you do suffer from SAD, we have plenty of techniques available to manage your seasonal affective disorder and get you out of hibernation to enjoy life year-round.
The symptoms of SAD are similar to major depression, the difference being that it tends to happen around the same time of year and abates in the summer. The signs and symptoms of seasonal affective disorder can vary from winter blues to extreme depression.
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