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Winter blues may need attention
From Christy Morris, Hosparus of Green River
Some of us notice seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as our spirits begin to feel low when the days are shorter in the winter (also called "winter blues").
SAD is not considered a separate disorder but is a type of depression, characterized by its recurrent seasonal pattern, with symptoms lasting about four to five months per year beginning to feel better in the spring.
The signs and symptoms of SAD include:
Symptoms of major depression may include:
Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
Experiencing changes in appetite or weight
Having problems with sleep
Feeling sluggish or agitated
Having low energy
Feeling hopeless or worthless
Having difficulty concentrating
Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
For winter-pattern SAD, additional specific symptoms may include:
Overeating, particularly with a craving for carbohydrates
Social withdrawal (feeling like "hibernating")
Specific symptoms for summer-pattern SAD may include:
Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
Poor appetite, leading to weight loss
Restlessness and agitation
Episodes of violent behavior
If you or someone you know is in immediate distress or is thinking about hurting themselves, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the toll-free TTY number at 1-800-799-4TTY (4889). You also can text the Crisis Text Line (HELLO to 741741) or go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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