The Holidays: A SAD(Seasonal Affective Disorder) State of Affairs

When the days get shorter and the temperature turns cooler, most people put on a sweater and add another log on the fire. Others, however, find it difficult to even get out of bed. This winter depression is widespread and it can often be debilitating.   Mental health practitioners have a medical term for this type of depression which is related to the change in the season. It is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and, according to the Mayo Clinic, an estimated 5 percent of the population experience symptoms such as: Irritability Tiredness or low energy Problems getting along with other people Hypersensitivity to rejection Heavy, "leaden" feeling in the arms or legs Oversleeping Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates Weight gain American Family Physician notes that women are more likely to experience SAD than men. When this condition is