INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - As winter weather approaches, gray skies can begin to put a damper on your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder – abbreviated as SAD – is a form of depression that presents symptoms during a seasonal time of year, particularly the colder months.
“The fall, going into winter, is when people might begin to experience some symptoms,” says Mandy Grella, a social worker at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. “Those symptoms subside a little bit, come spring.”
The signs of seasonal depression are similar to major depression: increased sleep, overeating, weight gain and loss of interest. Women are more often affected than men, according to the National Institutes of Health.
“If you notice you’re having a difficult time with the change in season, I would certainly encourage you to talk with your health care provider about that,” says Grella.
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