Just lately the skies have been grey, it’s been raining and sleeting, and unless our jobs demand it, we’ve been stuck indoors. Given these conditions it’s easy to see why some people may find themselves suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (known by its acronym SAD) in winter.
SAD is a type of depression, and is thought to be caused by a chemical change in the brain due to shorter days and less sunlight.
The symptoms usually start out mild and get worse as the season progresses. When the season changes, people normally become completely well again.
Symptoms of SAD in winter include:
SAD usually starts during adulthood, and the risk of SAD increases with age. Women are affected more often than men.
It appears that SAD is rare in Australia, but many Australians report that they feel flat and lethargic in winter. If you have symptoms that don’t go away and are affecting your everyday life, it’s important to see a doctor.
SAD can be treated by:
Article informed by Health Direct and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
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