When the weather turns cooler and the nights draw in, many of us find ourselves feeling a little less ‘upbeat’ than usual – but for some, it goes a lot further than this. For those suffering from Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) the winter signals the onset of severe depression.
What is SAD?
SAD is a disorder that affects people at certain times of the year. In the UK, symptoms usually begin in September to November and continue until spring. During these times, sufferers experience symptoms of depression.
Who gets SAD?
In the UK about one in 50 people are thought to be suffering from SAD, with four times more women than men being affected. The condition often runs in families and tends to affect people living in cooler climates. It is more likely to...