In the late fall or early winter, do you tend to have low energy, feel depressed a lot of the time, and have trouble sleeping? Do these symptoms get worse as the winter progresses and then go away, or at least get better, in the spring and summer when the days are lighter and longer? If this sounds familiar, you may have seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a type of depression brought on by changes in the seasons, particularly fall and winter.
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. For many people, depression significantly limits their ability to feel happiness, maintain relationships, achieve goals and fully live their lives.
Depression can interfere with sleeping, eating, exercise and working, and if not treated, it can lead to drug and alcohol dependency, other serious health conditions, suicidal thoughts and even death.