It’s holiday time and most people are cheerful and in the holiday spirit— others not so much. Instead of feeling excited and happy around this time of year, do you feel down, sluggish, hungry and depressed? Or do you know someone who feels this way? Hmmmm. Well it could be a variety of things, but I wanted to give you all a bit of information on a disorder, which is commonly called “winter blues” and “seasonal depression.” This disorder’s proper name is seasonal affective disorder or (SAD). I’m sure many of you have heard of this.
This disorder is like a timed depression period one can experience. It occurs around the same time every year, which begins during the fall and through the spring. The symptoms worsen as the days get darker and the temperature gets colder. Seasonal affective disorder can also occur during the summer months; it’s actually just the opposite.
As I mentioned above, feeling down can be caused by so many different things in your life. Some of the symptoms for this disorder are: decreased energy, increased appetite, feeling depressed, loss of sex drive, trouble waking up in the morning or not being able to sleep, achy body, irritability, trouble maintaining focus and more.
If you think it’s something that you may be experiencing, speak to your doctor. There are treatments available. Don’t miss out on great times with loved ones or just enjoying life period. Try incorporating exercise into your daily routine if you already don’t, and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Exercise and healthy food, along with vitamins and minerals, help you feel better overall.
You can find more information on medicineNet.com.
Until next time, girlies!