Yep it happens to a lot of us at this time of year. Your are feeling a little moody, your concentration seems to be difficult to maintain, you want to sleep more and your eating habits have changed, your anxiety level is up and it happens at this time every year. It is lack of sunlight folks. It turns out it is fairly easy to treat and there are no side effects. The treatment is bright light therapy. Sitting under a full spectrum light for 30 minutes a day will relieve you of the symptoms and it is as effective as any medicine in restoring well being. The article below explains in detail. KJ
Seasonal Affective Disorder Affecting Many This Time of Year
With the change of seasons upon us, millions of Americans are facing another year of seasonal affective disorder—actual major depression that seems to be triggered by the reduction in the exposure to sunlight that is typical during the fall and winter months.
The symptoms of seasonal affective disorder include low mood, inability to concentrate, changes in sleep patterns (with people sometimes sleeping much more), changes in appetite (with appetite actually increased, in some cases), low energy and tearfulness. But they can also include low self-esteem, loss of interest in activities that one had found pleasurable and even suicidal ideation. Continue reading