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Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder

How can you spot the signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder? It begins all of a sudden. It is often gets triggered shortly after daylight saving time starts. You go to work, and it is dark, and you come home, and it is dark again. The seasons and the lack of daylight have a significant impact on your mood. While some people experience a winter slowdown, others become depressed.

We do not know why some people experience seasonal affective disorder more than others.

According to Mayo Clinic, some factors that may come into play include:

Your biological clock (circadian rhythm), a drop in serotonin level, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, and reduced sunlight. Also, the change in season can disrupt the balance of the body's level of melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and mood.

So how do you know? Here are seven signs of seasonal affective disorder:

1. Irritability
People with SAD don’t tend to look sad, but their patience is really really short.

2. Low energy
People often struggle to find the energy to complete regular daily routines.

3. Weight gain
It is simple, people with SAD tend to overeat.

4. Social problems
They do not want to be seen in public. They do not want to talk.

5. Sleep issues
Many people with SAD cannot fall asleep, and they feel super tired in the morning.

6. Anxiety
With increased anxiety comes a decreased ability to tolerate stress.

7. Mood swings
An outgoing, energetic person may become withdrawn and lethargic.

But what do you do? Wait until the spring comes?
Bright sunlight, Going for a walk, enjoy the winter activities like skiing or snowboarding, can lessen the burned of seasonal affective disorder.

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