When it’s sunny outdoors, the brain releases serotonin, a chemical that’s linked to positive emotions and wakes us up. At night, it releases melatonin, causing us to feel drowsy. Because of the long winter nights, the brain produces less serotonin, and may cause people to experience mood changes.
Most people with SAD have the following symptoms:
- Feelings of extreme sadness or irritability
- Sleeping pattern changes
- Appetite changes and weight gain
- Aches, pains, and extreme fatigue
- Difficulty concentration
- Excessive crying
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loss of pleasure in previously enjoyed activities
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it may be time to seek professional care. For more information, please visit this post and browse your EFAP resources.