Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs seasonally, typically ramping up in the fall and winter months and disappearing come spring
An estimated 20% of Americans are affected by SAD each winter
Common SAD symptoms include oversleeping, intense carbohydrate cravings, overeating and weight gain. Some people also have trouble concentrating and withdraw socially
Two of the most important treatment strategies for SAD are optimizing your vitamin D level and sun exposure. Light therapy has been established as the best available treatment for SAD
Other lifestyle strategies that can be helpful in the treatment of SAD include exercise, eating a healthy whole food diet and getting sufficient amounts of marine-based omega-3 fats, optimizing your sleep and addressing your gut health. Energy psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy can also be effective

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