Is your life affected by the seasons? Does the early sunset before dinner bother you? Do you find yourself unhappy or irritable in the fall and winter months, negatively reacting to cold and dark weather?
December is Seasonal Depression/Affective Disorder Month
A month dedicated to education, identification, and management of depressive symptoms brought on by changing seasons. Most commonly, people with SAD are affected during the colder, darker fall and winter months, and exhibit many of the same symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, as clinical depression, with the only difference being that symptoms are alleviated by the change to a new season.
Common symptoms to look for when trying to make a SAD diagnosis with the help of your health care provider:
· Decreased levels of energy
· Difficulty concentrating
· Increase in appetite
· Increased desire to be alone
· Increased need for sleep
· Weight gain
Keeping up on your vitamin and mineral routine, or establishing one for the holidays that includes Vitamin D if you have an insufficiency, (which is common in northern states) can also help balance stress and mood issues all through the fall and winter months.
If you have questions, want to gain a better understanding of Seasonal Depression/Affective Disorder, WebMD provides a comprehensive resource; click here to read more. You can also find out more about the role of Vitamin D and mood here Lift Your Mood with Vitamin D This Winter!
The stress and excitement surrounding the holiday season in December can bring about or worsen symptoms. This WebMD link describes the most common holiday depression triggers. Click here to read more.
A quality B-Complex can also help your body cope with holiday stress and keep up enough energy to make it through the season.
Read more about how B Vitamins Pack a Powerful Punch for Your Health