Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is another type of depression. If you have all or some of the symptoms of clinical depression and they occur only at certain times - usually in the late fall and winter - you may have SAD.
What Are the Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder?
People who have seasonal affective disorder usually have these symptoms:
- depressed mood, sluggishness, irritability, or anxiety that starts in late fall or early winter
- sleeping for longer periods of time and withdrawing from social activities during the late fall and winter months
- binging on carbohydrates during the fall and winter
- weight gain during the late fall and winter months, as much as 10 to 20 pounds
- freedom or relief from depressed symptoms with the coming of spring