Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that usually strikes in fall and winter, and has a number of symptoms similar to those of major depression.
Symptoms of SAD include:
If you notice your depression comes and goes with the changing seasons, SAD could be to blame. Discuss this possibility with your doctor.
As well as the treatments your doctor recommends, getting regular exercise is a great way to reduce your stress levels and improve your mood. Additionally, try to get outside and spend time in some natural light, even though it's cold. If you can't cope with the temperatures, be sure to open your curtains and spend time sitting near a window.
Read on to learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder.
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