If you’ve been experiencing fatigue, mood swings, social withdrawal, and weight gain, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD for short, is a type of depression that typically affects people during the Fall and Winter months.
We spoke with Ken Yeager, PhD, LISW, and director of the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Program, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, who explained that SAD occurs when the circadian rhythm of your body, controlled by seratonin and melatonin levels, is thrown off course by prolonged dreary weather.
Although we can’t control the change of seasons, Dr. Yeager provided us with expert tips on how to treat and manage SAD. Continue reading for five simple things you can start doing today to manage your SAD.