By Kristin Sidorov
This weekend marks the end of Daylight Saving Time, and although fall isn't officially over until Dec. 22, it signifies the beginning of a blue mood for many. While the winter doldrums aren't uncommon during those long, chilly months filled with too-short days, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a serious condition similar to clinical depression.
For the 6 to 10 percent of people affected by SAD, the beginning of winter can mark the start of a grueling battle. Loss of energy, extreme moodiness and anxiety, loss of interest, sadness and hopelessness, and appetite changes are all symptoms that can progressively worsen as the winter months go on. Knowing the risk factors, signs, and treatments can help ease the doldrums of winter-and let you get back to enjoying life.
Although SAD's exact cause is unknown, experts have determined that the changes in serotonin and melatonin levels brought on by the shifting seasons can cause extreme unbalance in someRead More »from How to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder