Seasonal-affective-disorder Definition

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A disorder characterized by mental depression, the recurrence of which is associated with the shorter periods of daylight during the winter months.
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition that can cause people to become tired as a side effect of poor or generally dreary weather. When a person suffers from this disease, their mental health will be significantly affected during the colder months of the year. There are connections between the weather, SAD, and how people sleep. Not everyone who is feeling down and depressed during the winter has SAD. Here are a list of common issues that arise in people with SAD.
Cravings for foods with carbohydrates.
Problems with focusing or with concentration that tend to occur in the afternoon, as the day wears on.
Losing interest in activities or work.
Feeling depressed once the fall or the winter sets in on a regular basis.
Gaining weight and feeling more hungry than usual.
Feeling really tired during the day.
Sleeping a lot more at night.
Have a general lack of energy.
Moving slowly.
Not wanting to be around people as much as one once did.
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People suffering from SAD tend to be extremely tired, in addition to sleeping a lot more. For these individuals, long days of dreary weather truly makes them exhausted.
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