Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is caused by a lack of exposure to sunlight usually due to shorter winter days.
Symptoms include lack of motivation, an excess or lack of sleep, weight gain, weight loss, and lack of energy along with others. While we are headed into warmer months with more sunlight, experts recommend seeking treatment now if you believe you may have symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
“If you know that you struggled with it, yes, you’re coming up on a time where maybe in the next couple months, you’re going to start feeling better. But, if you look at your history and say...September, October is coming. If you get in with someone and start doing preventative measures before that time....It’s a whole lot easier to prevent these symptoms and get ahead of them than it is to try to deal with them after they show up,” says Michael Moore, A CEO of Counselling and Wellness Centers.
If you believe you may have depression, you’re encouraged to talk to a counselor for evaluation and help.