Each year, people fall victim to seasonal depression. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, begins in late fall and usually subsides with the coming of spring. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, about 4 to 6 percent of people may have winter depression. Another 10 to 20 percent may have mild SAD.
Who is at risk?
Believe it or not, women are four times more likely to experience SAD than men, with symptoms beginning around age 20.
When does one see a doctor for SAD?
There are a variety of clues that may point to a diagnosis:
- A change in appetite
- Weight gain
- A heavy feeling in the arms or legs
- A tendency to oversleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased sensitivity to social rejection
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