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Are you SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to changing seasons. SAD affects around 5% of adults in the U.S. However, studies indicate that as many as 20% to 40% of people living at approximately the same latitude as Michigan experience some degree of SAD in the winter.

What are the symptoms of SAD?¹ Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Feeling listless, sad or down most of the day, nearly every day
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Having low energy and feeling sluggish
  • Having problems with sleeping too much
  • Experiencing carbohydrate cravings, overeating and weight gain
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
  • Having thoughts of not wanting to live

Fall and winter SAD Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD, sometimes called winter depression, may include:

  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness or low energy

Here are several links to learn more about SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder Support

MSU Today Ask the Expert

MUSC Let There Be Light

¹Mayo Clinic Signs & Symptoms

 

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