NOV 21, 2018 02:16 PM PST

Do you have SAD?

According to the Mayo Clinic, seasonal affective disorder (duly nick-named SAD) is “a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons.” For the majority of those affected by seasonal changes, fall and winter are when symptoms emerge. The causes of SAD are thought to be attributed to fewer hours of daylight and reduced level of sunlight, reduced serotonin (also caused by less sunlight), and or a disruption in melatonin levels.

Some symptoms of the disorder include feeling depressed most days, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, low energy, difficulty sleeping, and changes in your appetite or weight, among others. If you think you’re suffering from SAD, go see your doctor – and don’t despair, because SAD treatment is out there!

About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
You May Also Like
DEC 29, 2018
Earth & The Environment
DEC 29, 2018
Fish ear bones track coal ash contamination
Coal ash contamination is a public health threat across the United States. Coal ash refers to the toxic remains of coal burning in power plants. The chemic...
JAN 04, 2019
Earth & The Environment
JAN 04, 2019
It's time to pull in the big data
Scientists from the Florida Museum of National History have banded together to urge other scientists to take advantage of open-access big data to solve lon...
JAN 09, 2019
Videos
JAN 09, 2019
Researchers Create a Sustainable Plastic From Seaweed-eating Microbes
Plastic is a major pollutant that is contaminating our waterways and oceans. Researchers have now found a way to create bioplastic from microbes....
JAN 13, 2019
Earth & The Environment
JAN 13, 2019
New desalination technology increases efficiency
Desalination technology has a long way to go, as most methods require 10-1000 times more energy than traditional methods of collecting freshwater. However,...
JAN 12, 2019
Cardiology
JAN 12, 2019
Resolution To Be Healthier, Consider Moving
We are just 11 days into our heart-healthy New Year's resolutions knowing that fitness, diet and timely access to healthcare are some of the best ways...
FEB 04, 2019
Earth & The Environment
FEB 04, 2019
Rethinking how we predict earthquakes
Last September Indonesia’s Palu region was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that resulted in over 2,000 deaths. In the aftereffects of the quake,...
Loading Comments...