/ 10 July 2024

A SAD state of affairs

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Winter has well and truly arrived across most of the country, and if you’re someone who feels a bit down at this time of year, experts reckon it’s best not to brush it aside. That’s because cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka SAD) could be “under-recognised” in the land down under… To get you up to speed, SAD is a type of clinical depression that shows up in particular seasons – often autumn and winter – over 2 or more years. Those depressive feelings often then disappear when the sun comes back out to play. Psychology professor Nickolai Titov says the change in light “seems to trigger some sort of change in our biology, our hormones and our neurotransmitters” – including the feel-good chemical serotonin. The more you know… And on that note, here are some of the symptoms to keep an eye out for. 

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