Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is typically known as a "winter depression" that subsides in the spring and summer as a result of seasonal variations of light. During the fall and winter, as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, we're exposed to less sunlight, which disrupts our internal clocks and alters our eating, sleeping and even our social patterns. The symptoms vary by age, sex and geography. Most experience lower energy levels, increased appetitie, weight gain, cravings for sweet or starchy food, hopelessness or sadness, difficulty concentrating, severe irritability, excessive sleeping, and in some cases, social withdrawal.

Many people use light therapy, or phototherapy, which reproduces natural light. It is best to take advantage of available sunlight, even small amounts of sunlight can make a big difference.

The counseling center can provide phototherapy. If you believe that you are affected by SAD contact the counseling center for evaluation.