There are a number of symptoms that can be a result of Seasonal Affective Disorder which can differ between sufferers so initial diagnosis or even awareness may not always be easy to identify. Due to this it is ideal to be aware of the possible symptoms if you feel that you or even someone you know may be affected by the condition.
Some of the more common symptoms that those who are affected by SAD suffer from are feelings associated with depression such as despair, feeling low, increased levels of anxiety and being irritable towards people and situations for no discernible reason, but there are others to be aware of as well.
In addition to the psychological symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder that are associated with general depression; sometimes referred to as the ‘Winter Blues’ there are also physical symptoms that can be debilitating if not addressed. Due to the cause of SAD being not receiving enough sunlight to maintain a normal circadian rhythm because of a lack of serotonin sleep problems are common so nights are likely to be restless which in turn can lead towards lethargy and tiredness during the day. Other SAD symptoms may include cravings for food with carbohydrates and sugar which can lead to weight gain, plus a loss of libido and any physical contact are also potential symptoms as well.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar then it is important to consult with a medical advisor to establish a diagnosis as even when Seasonal Affective Disorder may be assumed they can also indicate other conditions as well.