In the throes of winter, it may seem like you do not see the sun for days, making you feel irritable or even sad. These feelings may be symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs in the autumn or winter and diminishes in the spring and summer. Some people may experience the opposite seasonal pattern, but it is more common in the autumn and winter when there is less natural sunlight. The symptoms of SAD are mild at first, exacerbate as the season progresses, and usually become mild or non-existent during the summer months.
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