You may have experienced seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, at some point in your life and not even known it. Roughly 4 to 6-percent of Americans do every year, with another 10 to 20 percent experiencing a milder form of this pervasive condition.
Instances of SAD used to be brushed off as temporary brushes with the winter blues and nothing more. But medical science has come a long way, as has our understanding of the troubling effects of a lack of exposure to natural light.
Today, we’re going to do more than explore the mechanics and symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. We’re also going to break down a few common home remedies that may help break you out of it.
What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal Affective Disorder is considered a type of depression. One that is triggered by the seasonal changes in daylight and weather patterns of the winter months. Symptoms often begin to appear in the late fall or early winter, though on rare occasions SAD can manifest in the summer months too.
Medical science is split on the origins of SAD. Some believe that the seasonal changes in daylight disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm, some posit that the shift in seasons disrupts our body’s ability to produce serotonin and melatonin, and others still blame it on a lack of sun-sourced vitamin D.