Illustrated photo by Hernan Sanchez
To be diagnosed with SAD, people must meet full criteria for major depression coinciding with specific seasons (appearing in the winter or summer months) for at least 2 years. Seasonal depressions must be much more frequent than any non-seasonal depressions.
- Experiencing changes in your appetite. You might have frequent craving for carbohydrates and tend to be overeating. This results in weight gain.
- Feeling sluggish, having low energy.
- Experiencing hepersomia, a condition in which you feel sleepy-headed most of the time and spend excessive time in sleeping.
- Feeling blue, depressed most of the time.
- Having social withdrawal