How to cope with
seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
5 ways to feel better
For many people, the darker days of fall and winter trigger sadness, moodiness, and other depressive symptoms that consistently make it tough to enjoy life or even get out of bed each day.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects 11 million Americans (of which 80% are women) and most often occurs in the winter when there is less natural sunlight. Common symptoms of SAD include:
- Persistent depression or anxiety
- Fatigue or lack of energy and interest in activities
- Excessive sleeping
- Weight loss or gain
- Trouble concentrating, mood swings, or irritability
- Feelings of hopelessness
If you recognize key symptoms in yourself or a loved one, it’s essential to seek care from a therapist or doctor who can diagnose SAD.