Fall is in full swing and light sweatshirts and jackets are turning into bulky sweaters and winter coats. With colder temperatures and shorter days, it is common to get bogged down by the seasonal changes. One may even find that their mood is beginning to change. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that affects a person during the same time each year. Experts are not certain what the cause of SAD is, however it is believed that it may be due to a lack of exposure to sunlight. For those who live in parts of the country where the winter days are short, the lack of daylight may cause problems with a brain chemical called serotonin which directly affects a person’s mood.
If you have noticed a change in your mood such as being grumpy or more anxious than usual, losing interest in your usual activities, gaining weight, or developing problems in your sleep cycles, you should consider taking an anonymous screening here on our website. The online questionnaire is quick, easy and will provide you with the resources that you need to get back to feeling like yourself again!
For more information on SAD or to talk to a caring professional at the Ben Gordon Center, please call 815-756-4875.