i’m feel­ing de­pressed dur­ing win­ter

Woman (UK) - - Ask The Experts -

QThe nights are so early these days – it feels like I never see day­light, and even at the week­ends it is dull and grey. I feel re­ally low ev­ery win­ter. Why?

Philippa says

AIt sounds like you may have Sea­sonal Af­fec­tive Disor­der (SAD), kind of sea­sonal de­pres­sion, be­ing worse in the win­ter months. The symp­toms are the same as for de­pres­sion in gen­eral – per­sis­tent low mood, feel­ings of sad­ness, worth­less­ness or be­ing a fail­ure and tear­ful­ness. Phys­i­cal symp­toms of SAD in­clude feel­ing sleepy, strug­gling to get up, dif­fi­cul­ties with mem­ory and con­cen­tra­tion and in­creased ap­petite. SAD may be re­lated to the lack of sun­light af­fect­ing the rhythms and hor­mones in the body. Visit your GP who will dis­cuss treat­ments.

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