It shouldn’t be surprising to us that humans, like other animals, are susceptible to changes in weather and light conditions. Just as cooler temperatures and shorter days signal geese to prepare for migration, squirrels to stock their nests with food, and bears to hunker down for a long hibernation, some people experience physiological symptoms related to seasonal changes, as well. So, if you feel gloomy just thinking about the changes that fall brings and the approach of winter, it may not be your attitude that’s at fault. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, symptoms of SAD may include weight gain, change in sleep patterns, depression, and a craving for starchy or sweet foods.
Symptoms can be mild to severe. Mild symptoms, often called “winter blues”, may cause lethargy, listlessness, or a feeling of unexplainable sadness. Severe symptoms may lead to depression and thoughts of suicide.
Even if you may feel like hibernating with the bears, there are better ways of handling SAD symptoms. Here are some tips that can help you cope:
Yes, fall is a reminder that winter is on its way. But the good news is, spring always follows winter and there is help for fighting those dreary winter blues.
Dr. Vikram Tarugu, M.D, is the CEO of Detox of South Florida, Inc and medical professional focused on addiction. A veteran in the medical field with over 25 years of professional experience. He is a consultant for many South Florida Rehab centers. Patients travel from allover the US to seek his help with addiction and Hepatitis C treatment.
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