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A cup of hot chocolate. A funny movie. A snowball fight. These are all things that can cure the winter blues. It’s easy to feel gloomy or un-energetic on dark and windy winter days. But it’s often equally as easy to pick yourself with a little physical exercise or a happy movie.

 

But what if the things that normally make you feel better don’t help?

 

If you find yourself feeling unhappy for days at a time or losing interest in the activities you once took pleasure in, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a specific type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. Most people experience SAD during the fall and winter, though occasionally some suffer SAD episodes during the spring and summer. Symptoms may start out mild and worsen as the season progresses. SAD can be debilitating, and can have a destructive effect on sufferers’ lives.

 

Experts believe that SAD develops primarily due to lack of exposure to regular amounts of sunlight. SAD sufferers may be particularly sensitive to light, so the lack of exposure during winter months typically has a greater effect on them. There may also be a genetic aspect to the disorder — it’s often found in families with a history of SAD, alcohol abuse, or depression.

 

While cases of SAD have been reported all over the world, the disorder occurs most commonly in northern climates with shorter winter days and less exposure to sunlight. SAD appears more frequently in women, with females making up 60 to 90 percent of SAD sufferers. In America, more than 10 million people are affected by SAD.

 

Read in Full:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/12/11/surprising-facts-about-seasonal-affective-disorder-sad/

 

Related Articles

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD): “Winter Blues” Linked to Mutation of the Eye:

http://www.aspie-editorial.com/2011/01/07/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad-winter-blues-linked-to-mutation-of-the-eye/

 

Latest on Depression: Includes Depression Myths, Iproniazid, Antidepressants on Trial, Suicidal Thoughts in Men, SAD, Disposal of Meds, Herbal Meds, Patient Rights, Overcoming Hopelessness Etc:

http://www.aspie-editorial.com/2011/01/22/latest-on-depression-includes-depression-myths-iproniazid-antidepressants-on-trial-suicidal-thoughts-in-men-sad-disposal-of-meds-herbal-meds-patient-rights-overcoming-hopelessness-etc/

 

Bright Ideas For Treating The Winter Blues:

http://www.aspie-editorial.com/2011/01/22/bright-ideas-for-treating-the-winter-blues/

 

It’s a Wonderful Life” – CBT for Depression:

http://www.aspie-editorial.com/2011/01/22/its-a-wonderful-life-cbt-for-depression/

 

Cognitive Therapy Helps All Types of Depression:

http://www.aspie-editorial.com/2011/01/22/cognitive-therapy-helps-all-types-of-depression/



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