As the days get shorter, signaling the encroaching winter, people of the great Northwest are preparing for the gray and rain of the season. Is your mood strongly affected during this time?
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression typically occurring during winter months. Anyone can be affected by SAD, however, women are more likely to be affected than men. Symptoms commonly experienced include increased weight gain, difficulty waking after sleep, lower energy levels and inability to concentrate. The usual presentation in patients also includes feelings of hopelessness, social withdrawal, unhappiness and irritability.
The following are three tips that can help you avoid feeling SAD this winter:
Don’t wait until the winter’s darkness gets you down. Practice preventive medicine early and you may not have to experience another “winter blues.”
— Justin Steurich, ND, naturopathic doctor and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
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