Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is a type of depression that occurs about the same time each year usually beginning in late fall and continuing into the winter months. For those with SAD, winter activities such as skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are met with disdain. Sitting in front of a cozy fire is not one’s idea of a good time and family members begin to compare your mood to the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

SAD is more than just a changing of seasons. It is a real form of depression that can seriously impact a person mentally and socially. Although anyone can be affected, people between the ages of 15 and 55 have an increased risk of developing SAD and even though its more commonly diagnosed in women, men may experience more severe symptoms.


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