Have you ever heard of SAD? Not sad, like you’re feeling sad, but SAD, as in seasonal affective disorder?
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Airmont wants to talk to you about SAD, which affect many Americans each fall and winter.
Is Seasonal Affective Disorder Real?
Absolutely. It is acknowledged by the National Institutes of Health as a form of depression common during the late fall and early winter.
This form of depression is triggered by the change in seasons, along with changes in temperature and lighting.
Causes of Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Your biological clock
- Serotonin levels
- Melatonin levels
How Many People Are Affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Probably more than you think! As many as 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with SAD, and there are another 10 to 20% of Americans who may have a milder form of the condition.
SAD is diagnosed in children and adults, so if you aren’t feeling like your normal self, talk with your doctor about what you’re experiencing.
- Change in appetite
- Reduced energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain
- Avoidance of social activities
Do you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder? Visit the team at AFC Urgent Care Airmonttoday for medical treatment! We are open seven days a week.