In medical terms, “Winter Depression” is a Seasonal Affective Disorder which affects people during a particular season of the year. People staying in colder areas away from the equator are most likely to be affected by this syndrome. Since it is a type of mental depression, it can be treated normally using medications, professional counselling, healthy living and exposure to light.
It is estimated that almost 50% of the population in North America suffers from winter depression. Lack of sunlight is the primary cause of this type of depression. Symptoms include increased appetite, increased sleeping hours, irritability, anxiety, lethargy and general lack of interest. The symptoms start to manifest in fall, peak in winter and subside by spring.
It is a known fact that winter depression miraculously goes away without any kind of treatment as soon as spring sets in but why wait till you are overweight, overburdened and your personal liferuns in a mess. If you follow the above mentioned simple measures, you can effortlessly sail through the winter months. Why crib and stay indoors with a glum look while you can enjoy the snow and hot chocolate?
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