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Signs You Might Have Seasonal Depression

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. With the winter season we get shorter days, it's colder, and there is usually less sunshine. Due to these changes some people tend to feel a drop in their mood. This is also known as "Seasonal Depression." Guy Winch Ph.D., a contributor writer for Psychology Today, says there are 10 signs you can look for that might point to seasonal depression. 

  1. Depressed mood most of the day nearly every day 
  2. Loss of interest in things you used to find interesting/enjoyable 
  3. Changes in sleep patterns, primarily oversleeping 
  4. Low energy and lethargy 
  5. Difficulty with concentration and focus 
  6. Feeling anxious or irritable or having difficulty managing stress 
  7. A reluctance to engage with others and a desire to be alone 
  8. Decreased libido and sexual desire 
  9. Craving sunlight 
  10. Craving carbohydrate rich foods with potential weight gain

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