Wednesday, December 14, 2011
ROCHESTER, Minn. — When fall colors fade and winter rolls in with its increasingly cold temperatures and dwindling daylight, there's a good chance you've felt sluggish, moody and like you're stuck in a funk.
Those symptoms are typical of someone experiencing seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a type of depression that typically occurs during the winter months.
Symptoms include sleeping too much, overeating, loss of energy, social withdrawal and difficulty concentrating. People residing in Northern latitudes are more likely to experience SAD.
While many people periodically experience some elements of SAD in winter, Mayo Clinic sleep specialist and psychiatrist Robert Auger, M.D., says you should seek professional help if your symptoms begin to affect your ability to perform at work and/or begin to take a toll on your personal relationships.
Seeking clinical help is particularly important if you begin to feel hopeless, or have thoughts of self-harm, he says.
Dr. Auger offers these tips to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the winter:
Dr. Auger is available for radio, broadcast and print interviews on seasonal affective disorder throughout the winter. For broadcast quality video and radio of Dr. Auger speaking about SAD, visit newsblog.mayoclinic.org.
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