The Science of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Boomer Health Report

By Dr. Mercola

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs seasonally, typically ramping up in the fall and winter months and disappearing come spring (although it may occur during other seasons as well, albeit less often). It’s quite common for people to notice changes in their mood, energy levels and food cravings when the weather turns colder and the days get shorter, but this slump, known as “winter blues,” is different from true SAD.

In the case of SAD, symptoms are so severe that they interfere with daily life. “I feel myself wanting to cry for no reason; I overreact extensively and am extremely irritable,” one SAD sufferer told NBC News.1 “There are days where I cannot bring myself to get out of bed or function.”

Common SAD symptoms include oversleeping, intense carbohydrate cravings, overeating and weight gain. Some people also have trouble concentrating and withdraw

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