Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. A few people with SAD may have symptoms during the summer and feel better during the winter.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • a persistent low mood
  • a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
  • irritability
  • feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
  • sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • craving carbohydrates and gaining weight

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