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SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder
Winter Depression Signs Winter depression is a form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a condition that can affect a person in any season; however, winter depression is the most common form. While some of the signs of winter depression are common in other forms of depression, some signs aren’t. Winter depression is usually treated with light therapy, medications and psychotherapy.
Food Cravings
Many people with winter depression will experience food cravings for carbohydrates. Overeating these starchy foods may cause you to gain weight, which is another sign of winter depression.
Altered Sleep Habits
If you suffer from winter depression, you may find yourself oversleeping in the mornings. You may feel sluggish or tired during the day. You may take naps whenever possible.
Blue” Feelings
Feeling sad, hopeless and anxious are all possible signs of winter depression. You may also want to isolate yourself from others. Pushing away your loved ones and friends is one very noticeable sign of this condition, as is not participating in activities you normally enjoy.
Other Signs
Lack of interest in sex, guilt and physical symptoms are also common. Physical symptoms include headaches, stomachaches, indigestion and feeling like you have the flu. In rare cases, aggression may be a sign of SAD.

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