We posted this before, a couple of years ago, but it seemed apropos to share it again. Most of us are probably experiencing a bit of ‘the wintertime blues’ right now.
This is a guest post by Cindy Flath, Supervisor of the Research Department at Altru Health System.
The days have gotten shorter; seemingly endless cloudy days and little sun greet us each day. If we could hibernate like bears winter wouldn’t seem so bad.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter; sapping your energy and making you feel moody.
The specific cause of seasonal affective disorder remains unknown. Some factors that may come into play include:
- Your biological clock … The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may cause winter-onset SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt your body’s internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.
- Serotonin levels. A…
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