In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter. But there are people who experience the opposite pattern in in spring or summer.
Symptoms of SAD may include:
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Having low energy
- Having problems with sleeping
- Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
- Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
- Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
- Weight gain
- Tiredness or low energy
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss
- Agitation or anxiety
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy, medications, and psychotherapy.
If you have questions or think you might be experiencing symptoms of SAD, you should see your doctor.
*Information courtesy of www.mayoclinic.org.