David McGatha, FNP

Q: Why do I get depressed in the winter?

A: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that comes and goes depending on the time of the year. The most common type of SAD starts in the late fall and goes away in the spring and summer. Some people call it “winter depression”.  Symptoms of SAD include depression, weight gain, fatigue and increased sleeping. Things that you can do to feel better include keeping a regular sleep schedule, taking daily outside walks and increasing the lighting in your house. Some people require depression medication and light therapy with a special bright lamp. Talk to your health care provider about what treatments are best for you.

David McGatha, FNP

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