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According to Mental Health Ministries, many people suffer with a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that occurs during the fall and winter when the days get shorter. Symptoms can include:

Sleep Problems – Desire to oversleep, disturbed

sleep or difficult staying awake

Lethargy – A feeling of fatigue and inability to

carry out normal routines

Overeating – Craving sugary or starchy foods

Social Problems – Irritability and desire to avoid

social situations

Anxiety – Tension and inability to tolerate stress

Loss of Libido – Decreased interest in sex or

physical contact

Mood Changes – Extremes in mood and/or short

periods of hypomania

One of the most effective treatments for SAD is light exposure that can range from just spending time outside to a light treatment called phototherapy. If you feel that you may have SAD, you should discuss your symptoms with a mental health professional.


Mental Health Ministries. 2021. Bulletin inserts: What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and how faith communities can respond.


If you or someone you know is in immediate distress or is thinking about hurting themselves, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the toll-free TTY number at 1-800-799-4TTY (4889). You also can text the Crisis Text Line (HELLO to 741741) or go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

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