November 19, 2009

Seasonal Affective Disorder, And What Your Should Look Out For

Depression is a very serious condition that many people worldwide are affected by. However, there are some people that experience these depressed states of being during specific times of the year. Most commonly, late fall and all winter are the seasons many people experience symptoms that are part of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The acronym is very fitting considering the symptoms and the effects the disorder has on a person.

Seasonal affective disorder is very often thought to be caused by the decreased amount of sunlight and the cold, dark weather that is common during the winter months. I’m sure the stress of buying presents during the holidays also has something to do with it. Although SAD occurs during specific times of the year, it can lead to serious cases of depression, that can often persist year long, even when the weather is warm.

Because depression is very serious, and can lead to suicidal thoughts, and actions, you should talk to your doctor if you experience any symptoms. The primary symptom of SAD is the same depressed feeling at around the same time every year.

Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder

1.Recurring annual symptoms
2.Anxiety

3.Increase in amount of sleep

4.Decreased energy

5.Hopelessness

6.Difficulty concentrating

7.Decreased sex drive

8.Body aches and pains

9.Loss of interest in usual/favorite activities
10.Difficulty processing information

11.Weight Gain
12.Depression


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