Seasonal Affective Disorder

For the past 3 years I have noticed a huge difference in my sleeping patterns and mood between summer and winter. During the summer months I can stay up into the night and still wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead of me. Once winter begins to start I starting sleeping more than normal and always feel tired.  So, I’ve been reading up on Seasonal Affective Disorder lately. It’s a kind of depression that occurs during the season change, normally starting in the fall and winter months and ending in the spring. I thought I would share some of the information that I have found about the disorder to further educate people about this kind of depression.

“Seasonal Affective Disorder is a depression that afflicts people primarily during the winter months, and is often referred to as seasonal depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder was discovered in the early eighties by the National Institute of Health. The NIH estimates that over 36 million Americans suffer depressive symptoms brought on by the winter months. Seasonal Affective Disorder causes you to feel down, gloomy, and lose energy. You may have difficulty concentrating and feeling alert, withdraw socially and have carbohydrate cravings. Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers also experience sleep problems.”   (Information from

Take a circadian rhythm assesment test at

Links that I have found helpful:
Wikipedia – Seasonal Affective Disorder


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