Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder - National Library of Medicine, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. It usually lifts during spring and summer.
Not everyone with SAD has the same symptoms. They include
- Sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
- Changes in weight
- Thoughts of death or suicide
In this podcast, Dr. Nina Walsh discusses the physiological basis of Seasonal Affective Disorder, its symptoms and the variety of factors for treatment that helps restore the neurotransmitter and hormonal imbalances that bring about SAD..