Seasonal depression is a recognized type of depression that can vary in severity.
For most, the symptoms will be mild (albeit uncomfortable), but for others, they can lead to serious life impairments. That is when we start talking about seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. For example, people with SAD might oversleep, withdraw, or stop enjoying the things they normally enjoy.
Since seasonal depression only lasts a few months at a time, it’s easy to think there’s no reason to seek support. But that’s not true! There are multiple treatments available and strategies you can use to lessen the symptoms and their effects on your life. SAD can be very serious, so you should consider talking with your doctor if you notice any seasonal changes in your appetite, sleep, mood, or motivation.
What about you? Do you or a loved one experience seasonal depression? If so, check out the resources below and consider talking to your doctor.