Millions of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) each year,
most commonly during the late Fall and Winter months. According to
MedlinePlus, S.A.D is a form of depression that comes and goes with
the seasons, and the exact causes are unknown. Symptoms can include sadness,
a gloomy outlook, feeling hopeless or irritable, loss of interest in activities
you usually enjoy, low energy, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, craving
carbohydrates or weight gain, and thoughts of death or suicide.
The most common treatment is light therapy, in which one sits in front of
an illuminated box each morning to get the daily exposure to the light
that is often missing from these colder months. While it is important to
talk to a doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms in the above
paragraph in order to find the right treatment for you, one personal way
of combating S.A.D that I have found is forcing myself to get outside even
when it is cold.