By Alia Osseiran, MPH

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) starts every fall for some people and continues through the winter. The decreased light can disrupt the body’s natural clock. An upset circadian rhythm can leave one feeling depressed. Serotonin and melatonin levels may also decrease with the season. Both of these neurotransmitters affect mood. Their absence gives rise to or creates depression. SAD can cause irritability, tiredness or low energy as well as oversleeping. Sometimes people have trouble getting along with others or are more emotionally sensitive.

There are ways to resist. Start your day with a positive personal mantra. Write down a few positive thoughts and leave them by your laptop or your vanity and repeat aloud daily. Try these other holistic remedies:

Vitamin B12

Light Therapy

Stress Reduction

*If you think you have SAD, no longer are enjoying your favorite activities, or are feeling hopeless, it’s time to talk to your doctor. If you have thoughts of suicide, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call     1-800-273-8255.

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