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Seasonal Affective Disorder
 
Do you have certain months of the calendar marked out for attention? Some people fret about a certain period of the calendar when they are afflicted by the symptoms of SAD or seasonal affective disorder. It is a form of depression that is often associated with winter. However, seasonal affective disorder can occur all year round. Some people experience symptoms of seasonal affective disorder in the spring or summer. Most people with seasonal affective disorder, will feel depressed in the autumn and winter months, triggered when there is less natural sunlight.
 
The symptoms for seasonal affective disorder would occur at the same period each year. It can be debilitating, leaving a person tired and moody. A person can have symptoms of low energy, and have a hard time waking up in the morning. Although the energy level drops, people with Seasonal Affective Disorder tend to eat more and they would gain weight. Especially when they eat 'comfort food' that is high in sugar and carbohydrates. They will find it difficult to concentrate on anything and tend to withdraw from social contacts. Some people suffer from Seasonal Anxiety Disorder, where they get panic attacks. It is also link to certain period of the calendar year.
 
Treatment for seasonal affective disorder can be in the form of phototherapy, psychotherapy or medications or a combination of these. Proper stress management and an exercise program can also be helpful.
 
Some people appear to have a genetic predisposition to seasonal affective disorder. This condition is known to run in families. For many people, it is difficult to explain the root cause of the problem. The good news is that the symptoms can be managed.

So do not brush off that yearly down low feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a temporary low that you just have to endure. Whether it is a case of winter blues, summer blues, or whatever seasonal depression, it can be treated. Take positive steps to maintain your mood healthy and motivation steady throughout the calendar year.