Some people feel like they have been abandoned by their usual personalities during the winter months. They are lethargic, moody and irritable.They are not only foggy and depressed at this time of year; they have S.A.D., or seasonal affective disorder.
Sometimes referred to as the winter blues, these signs are indicators of a very real illness. Doctors call it affective seasonal depression, or SAD.
SAD identifies a period of sadness or low mood that is associated with a specific time of the year. Symptoms frequently start in November and subside in the spring.
Even individuals who have not been diagnosed with a chronic mood condition will experience subtle symptoms of SAD each winter, such as major depression. About 4% and 6% of Turks suffer from SAD, while another 10% to 20% have a milder form of the disease.
In the winter months, it’s normal to blame holiday tension for moodiness. But studies suggest that since there are less daylight hours, SAD is more likely caused by reduced sunlight exposure.
It may be an additional risk factor for a mood disorder to have a family history of depression or suicide.
There are some of the seasonal affective disorder signs or characteristics people report having during the winter months.
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