We’ve all been sad. We are sad in a whole number of situations. The store is out of our favorite candy, the movie is all sold out, our favorite team lost the big game, we failed a test, lost a promotion, broke up with a partner, hacked around on the golf course etc, etc. Sadness can come at any time anywhere. There is another kind of sadness. This sadness is depressive and occurs in the winter months and it comes with a lot of symptoms. This sadness is simply not surprisingly, called ‘SAD.’
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short, affects those who live in harsh winter climates that deal with long winter days, with little or no sunlight. Lack of sunlight affects the body’s natural function, its internal clock. When the clock is adjusted, a number of things can go wrong. Symptoms for SAD often last throughout the winter, only going away when the sun finally comes back in the spring time. If you have ever wondered if you are a victim of SADness, here are 3 main signs to determine if you have Seasonal Affective Disorder.
First, Seasonal Affective Disorder is characterized by depression. SAD patients feel down, depressed and anxious. They often avoid others, even family and friends. Second, SAD patients feel tired and lack energy often. They sleep much more than normal. Third, SAD affects patients’ appetites, especially increasing cravings for carbohydrates. There’s the 3 main ways to determine if you are SAD.