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      Is the season making you sad? It could be more than the winter blues

      If the winter weather is impacting your outlook, it could be more than the winter blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a type of depression associated with the seasonal changes in light.

      SAD most commonly occurs in late fall and lasts through the winter and into spring. SAD is more than feeling down, it interferes with normal daily functions during these times.

      Some of the common symptoms of SAD include: Feeling sad or moody, feeling anxious, losing interest in usual activities, eating more, craving more carbohydrates, weight gain, sleeping more, and feeling drowsy during the daytime.

      Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications. Experts warn not to brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. There are steps you can take to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

      Contact your family doctor if you have any concerns about SAD. You can also contact Dr. Joanna heindle at Bay Area Family Care. Dr. Heindle's number is 231-935-8750.