Health Tip: You May Have Seasonal Affective Disorder

(HealthDay News) -- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is characterized by a series of mood changes that appear year after year as the seasons change -- most often as the weather gets colder.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says symptoms of SAD often include:

  • A sudden craving for sweet or starchy foods, changes in appetite or gaining weight.

  • Lack of energy, feeling tired or sleeping more than usual.

  • Anxiety, irritability or having difficulty concentrating.

  • Unusual sensitivity to social rejection.

  • Feeling guilty or hopeless.

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