Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), as its name implies, is a disorder that affects the mood and generally causes depression at specific times of the year, most notably during the summer or winter. The condition is not unlike depression, except the low feelings occur in a cyclical pattern that reaches its lowest dips during a specific season.
Since winter isn’t far off, it’s important to raise mental health awareness about this disorder that affects an estimated 10% of the population living in the northern latitude. If you or someone you know tend to feel down during the colder months, it may be more than just a feeling of the winter blues associated with the new year or the passing of the holidays. Continue reading