Mar 7, 2016: Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a common form of depression that is experienced during a particular time of the year. Most often, people with SAD experience depressive mood during autumn and winter months. Though the exact reasons are not known, some theories suggest that SAD may be caused by the reduction of daylight hours, which may disrupt our biological body clocks, which in turn may disturb circadian rhythms within our body.
Symptoms of SAD are similar to depression and include disturbed sleep patterns, difficulty in waking up, apathy, sadness and decreased physical activity. Natural alternatives and medications can provide short-term relief of some symptoms, but some sort of cognitive therapy is also recommended.
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.