You might have heard the term Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, used to describe that down-in-the-dumps feeling when winter sets in.
Cold weather, gray skies and short daylight hours can sometimes bring on feelings of sadness, lethargy or despair – especially during the holiday season, when it seems everyone around us is in a joyous mood. With symptoms that can last up to four to five months during the year, SAD is a type of clinical depression recognized by mental health professionals. It’s classified as “major depressive disorder with seasonal pattern,” according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA). There are known symptoms and treatments specific to SAD.