Seasonal affective disorder: Three signs to look for now the nights are drawing in

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. “SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter,” explains the NHS. According to TV doctor Nighat Arif, there are three telltale signs you’re suffering from SAD.

According to Doctor Nighat, there is no concrete evidence as to what causes it.

However, we tend to produce the “happy hormone” in the summer so in the winter months our mood plummets, she explained.

It is still possible to experience SAD in the summer months, Doctor Nighat added.

A few people with SAD may have symptoms during the summer and feel better during the winter, she noted.

However, people have a greater tendency to experience SAD in the winter because it’s often linked to reduced exposure to sunlight.

The understanding is that a lack of sunlight hampers the production of serotonin – a hormone that affects your mood, Doctor Nighat reported.

Luckily, you can steps to mitigate the effects of SAD.

Exercise can boost the serotonin levels and swimming is particularly effective, advised Doctor Nighat.


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