As the season changes and the days get shorter, be on the lookout for something called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Seasonal Affective Disorder can cause you to experience a shift in your biological internal clock that causes you to feel out of sync with your daily routine or schedule. It is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern.
Did you know that January has been coined the saddest month of the year? Because the days are so short!
Signs of SAD:
- Having issues sleeping
- Feeling depressed most of the day
- Lost of interest in things that was once fun
- Feeling sluggish and tired
- Concentration Issues
- Change in appetite (up or down)
- Decreased energy
If you have any or all of these symptoms you could have some depression and if it’s generally worse during the colder months it could be SAD.
Call your primary care doctor, there are labs and interventions that can help you. If you don’t have a Primary Care Doctor or want to be screened for SAD give us a call at Brownstone BWell 205-202-5650.
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