With symptoms including anxiety, loss of energy, feelings of fatigue, loss of interest, social withdrawal and weight gain, SAD can be a serious as clinical depression. Sufferers may also feel hopeless or worthless which in severe cases can lead to suicide. It is important to understand how your mood changes seasonally and get help if needed.
Lots of research has been done on SAD but unfortunately there is no conclusive data. It is generally believed that some factors include the biological clock and the drop in serotonin and melatonin levels in the body. As the weather and daylight hours change in the Fall it affects our biological clock. Our bodies and minds become used to waking to sunlight and the morning darkness in the Fall and Winter makes us want to sleep for longer. A few extra minutes here and there is nothing to be concerned with but if you or someone you know no longer wants to get out of bed it’s time to speak with a doctor. Serotonin plays a critical role in t…
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