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Winter Depression? Eat These Foods to Help Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Winter Depression? Eat These Foods to Help Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Find out what you can eat to help diminish Seasonal Affective Disorder's effects.

Winter brings short days and chilly temperatures, and you might find your mood mirroring these bleak winter days. Of course, many of us feel a little more sluggish during winter but for some people the winter blahs can develop into a more serious type of depression.

In some cases, the winter blues develop into Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka SAD), a form of depression that begins in late fall, peaks in January and February and usually fades by early spring. Common symptoms of SAD include extreme tiredness—the kind that makes you just want to curl up under the covers and sleep until spring—an intense craving for carbs (especially sweets), irritability, weight gain and the desire to avoid social situations. About 6 percent of the U.S. population falls into its grips annually, and about 15 percent more suffer from a milder version of the winter blues.

Gretel H. Schueller, Contributing Writer

Next: What Causes SAD? »


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