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Just the “Winter Blues”?

As we approach late fall and winter, do you find yourself feeling sad, slow or sluggish? If so, you may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that affects some people when the seasons change.

For those affected by SAD, symptoms often begin to appear in the fall and continue throughout the shorter, colder days of fall, winter and early spring. SAD also can occur in late spring and early summer, but the condition is much more common in the colder months.

Signs and symptoms of SAD include oversleeping, appetite changes, weight gain, and tiredness or low energy. Treatment options may include light therapy, medications or psychotherapy.

SAD occurs four times more often in women than in men, and is more common among younger adults than older adults.

If you notice yourself feeling down for a significant amount of time as the days grow shorter and colder, talk to your healthcare provider and get checked out.

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