For SAD sufferers, it is a relief to know that depression is not linked to a weakness of character, but it is due to changes in our brain chemistry simply caused by a lack of sunlight.
Symptoms – Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)
- Feeling tired, depressed or sad
- Increased appetite
- Craving for carbohydrates and starchy foods
- Weight gain
- Sleeping more than usual
- Social withdrawal
- Lack of interest in usual activities
- Inability to concentrate, to focus
- Loss of sexual desire
- Body aches and pains
Consult With Your Physician
If you feel that you may be suffering from depression, you must consult a qualified health professional (SAD sufferers are not an exception). Although a self-diagnosis seems relatively easy to make, other conditions can be similar to SAD. These problems must be considered and eliminated before a SAD diagnosis is made.