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Could You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a recurring type of depression that begins in the Fall and continues through Winter, but tends to go away with the sunnier days of Spring and Summer. It is believed to be a result changes in the amount of sunlight that affects your internal biological clock (circadian rhythm), which can affect your sleep patterns and serotonin levels.

There are other factors that begin in the Fall, which impact mood and behavior. With the colder temperatures and decreased sunlight we’re not as able to enjoy outdoor activities and can feel stuck inside. It can also feel significantly different to leave work in the summer at five o’clock when the sun is up for a few more hours to enjoy life than when you leave work at 5 o’clock during the winter and it’s already getting dark making it feel like your evening is gone.