According to the National Institute of Mental Health, seasonal affective disorder or SAD is diagnosed four times more often in women than men.
More common in fall and winter, SAD is essentially depression with a seasonal pattern. The symptoms are the same.
It is common for "winter blues" to bring changes in mood or behavior. However, the Office of Women's Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that if seasonal mood and behavior changes are affecting your relationships or your ability to get things done, you might want to consult a mental health professional.
There are effective, evidence-based treatments and therapies for SAD. Options including light therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy specific to SAD have been well-studied. You can get better with treatment.
SAD affects a lot of people. As with any mental health concern, there is nothing wrong with getting help. Our mental health professionals can teach you a set of skills to help you feel better.
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