Seasonal Affective Disorder - Don't try to tough it out on your own

Updated: 2 days ago

It's the middle of winter. For many of us that means a lower mood.

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Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a kind of depression that follows the seasons. The most common type of SAD is called winter depression. It usually begins in late fall or early winter and goes away by summer.

About 4 to 6 percent of people may get SAD during the winter. Another 10 to 20 percent may get a mild version of SAD. It strikes women four times more than men. SAD is also more likely the farther north you are. For example, people in Washington state are seven times more likely to get SAD vs people in Florida.

Not everyone with SAD has the same symptoms, but there are common symptoms of winter depression that include:

  • A drop in energy level

  • Fatigue

  • A change in appetite, especially a craving for sweet or starchy foods