Don't Let SAD Affect You This Winter

October 19, 2018

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Learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder

New Englanders are more prone to a type of depression called, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). People living in New England are at more risk as we live far from the equator. Roughly 9% of residents suffer from SAD, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). With the fall season in full swing, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms.

  • Feelings of sadness most of the day
  • Low energy
  • Overeating
  • Social withdrawals

Females are four times more at risk for SAD and tends to be more prevalent in younger adults. There are a variety of ways to help treat SAD such as:

  • Medication as prescribed by your physician
  • Light Therapy, helps to create similar effects of sunlight
  • Supplementation of vitamin D

As people who live in New England, it is important to stay aware of the signs and symptoms as we are more at risk especially as we head into the winter season. Learn more about this disorder at NIMH.

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