Winter is pretty miserable for most of us. The subzero temperatures, the snowstorms, the hectic travel, the lack of sunlight. All of it can be a bit depressing, and we relish the opportunity to gripe for 3 months. Then, we forget about it once the temperatures warm up for Spring. However, there’s a sect of population that doesn’t get over it so easy. In fact, they’d probably be happy if the only side effect of winter was a handful of extra complaints. Seasonal affective disorder is quite serious and has some dangerous implications.
Seasonal affective disorder is a mood disorder that occurs during specific times of the year, tied to a change in the season or weather. It’s not necessarily related to winter, though many people experience it during this season. Some of the lighter symptoms might include low energy, a feeling of sluggishness, or lack of interest in activities that usually excite you. More serious symptoms include suicidal thoughts and feelings of hopelessness.
Without diagnosis or treatment, SAD can metastasize into something extremely dangerous and disruptive. But with diagnosis and treatment, you can keep it under control.