Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) -- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), common in the winter months, is a type of depression triggered by decreased exposure to daylight.

Symptoms of SAD include feeling down, irritable, lacking energy, sleeping a lot or having cravings FOR sweet or starchy foods.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to help manage SAD:

  • Expose yourself to more daylight. Go for a walk outside during the day, or buy an artificial light source that mimics sunlight.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Stay active throughout the winter months.
  • Seek professional counseling if you cannot manage the feelings of SAD.

Last Updated: