Do cold winter days get you down? Millions of people suffer from a seasonal depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This condition not only causes a less-than-cheery mood but you also may lose interest in activities that typically give you pleasure in the spring and summer months. If the winter brings about significant changes in how you feel, find out what you can do and when you may want to seek professional help.
Exercise can help ease the symptoms of depression in many ways. Because we know it's hard to stay motivated in the winter months, we're giving away 5 FitBit Zip Activity Trackers on the About.com Health Facebook Page!
As the days grow shorter, less sunlight translates into lower levels of "feel-good chemicals" like serotonin. That's why one of the most effective treatments for SAD is light box therapy. Before you buy a light box, read this.