By Kristen Fischer.
Along with autumn’s savoury fall produce and brightly colored leaves, comes shorter days. Is the lack of sunlight giving you the blues, or is it something more serious like seasonal depression? Find out, here. Plus other must-know facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Love the crisp autumn air but hate how you depressed you feel when the sun begins to set while you’re still at the office? You may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or seasonal depression, a type of depression triggered by seasonal light changes. In most cases, symptoms begin during late fall or early winter and start to fade away as the days become longer during spring. However, some people get SAD in spring or summer—it’s just less common. Either way, symptoms include loss of interest in things that you once enjoyed, lack of energy, sadness, feelings of hopeless, difficulty concentrating, a strong desire to sleep, or changes in appetite or weight. Thankfully though, the condition can be treated.