How Can I Be Sure I Have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not the biggest fan of the winter time.  Maybe it’s just because I’m from California, but I don’t cope well with the weather.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good snow every now and then, but living with short days and cold temperatures can wear on your psyche and sometimes be downright depressing.  Well, there may be a clinic and scientific reason why you and I feel this way about the winter months. It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. 

One of the basic and main causes of SAD is lack of sun light.  Areas that deal with long winters and little sun light are prime spots for Seasonal Affective Disorder to work.  If you feel depressed often in the winter time, you may have SAD.  Here’s a few of the common symptoms associated with SAD.

Symptoms often include an increase in fatigue and need for sleep.  Another common symptom involves increased appetite and cravings for carbohydrates.  Increased eating habits naturally lead to weight gain.  Many of the symptoms are mental, involving increased anxiety, difficulty interacting with others and difficulty dealing with rejection.  Sometimes, symptoms even include heavy feelings in the arms and legs. 

Many of these symptoms are similar to depression, but occur year after year in the winter time.  Those who have SAD can seek SAD lamp therapy to reduce the symptoms.