Last article on S.A.D we discussed the causes of “Seasonal Blues”. Check out that article by clicking this link.
In this article we will discuss the symptoms of S.A.D.
There are many symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. These might start out mild and become severe as the season progresses.
According to Mayo Clinic SAD is a subtype of major depression. Symptoms of major depression can link to SAD. These symptoms include the following
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Having low energy
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Having problems with sleeping
- Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
There are two types of SAD which are Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.
The symptoms of Fall/Winter SAD commonly known as winter blues can include the following
- Tiredness or low energy
- Problems getting along with other people
- Hypersensitivity to rejection
- Heavy, “leaden” feeling in the arms or legs
- Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
- Weight gain
Specific symptoms to Spring/Summer SAD include.
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Agitation or anxiety
For those with BiPolar depression seasonal changes can cause an increase in symptoms. Spring and Summer can bring on mania while Fall and Winter can be a time of increased depression.
If symptoms become extreme, for example you feel sad for days, have no motivation, feel hopeless, have suicidal thoughts, or turn to harmful addictions or habits it is time to visit a doctor.
Sometimes SAD causes insomnia which can lead to other symptoms. If your doctor suggests melatonin supplements to help you gain better sleep quality check out this link.