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Many Americans Struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder as Winter Approaches


The end of Daylight Saving Time symbolizes one thing: people need to get used to longer nights and colder weather. Though many places have rejoiced for the end of the biannual tradition, almost 13 million people still felt struggles because of the said transition.

According to studies, about 5% of adults are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is described as depression symptoms that occur at specific times, including the cold season.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is said to be most prevalent during December. SAD’s symptoms include but are not limited to anxiety, fatigue, sadness, and weight changes.

Assistant Psychology Professor Kendra Thomas, who works at The University of Indianapolis, states that Seasonal Affective Disorder can be hard to recognize. This is because some people experience mild symptoms while the effects for others are more severe.

Thomas explained that some things could be done to overcome the challenges that SAD brings. For those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, you may consider light therapy, regular exercise, and healthy eating.

Wherever you are right now, having some natural light can also help you mitigate SAD. For those who experience severe symptoms, seeking professional help is always recommended.

“These are not things that we can snap out of, and they are real changes that are tied to our biology, tied to our rhythms, tied to our environment and exposure to light, where we live, our climate. And so, there’s a reason to look into it and seek help, change something and adapt because the seasons last long enough in Indiana,” Thomas explained.

Americans have contradicting opinions on whether to keep or end Daylight Saving Time. For those against it because of Seasonal Affective Disorder, you may consider the tips mentioned earlier to overcome it.

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