Sydney Spack, Red & Black Contributor
Photo of the City of Pittsburgh during the winter months. (Photo Courtesy Getty Images)
As the temperature continues to drop and the days grow shorter, you might find yourself wondering why you’re more irritable, less motivated, always tired, the list goes on. The answer may be simpler than you think. It could be due to the simple change in seasons, a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD. The condition is described by many online publications, including South Tampa Psychiatry, as a type of depressive disorder characterized by its seasonal pattern, with symptoms worsening during the latter end of the fall season, and improving once the spring sun begins to shine. The Cleveland Clinic explains that “Serotonin in your brain regulates your mood… When serotonin is at normal levels, you feel more focused, emotionally stable, happier, and calmer.” During the winter though, reduced amounts of sunlight result in reduced levels of serotonin production. The lack of sunshine also means increased melatonin production creating an imbalance; both of which contribute to seasonal depression.
"During the winter though, reduced amounts of sunlight result in reduced levels of serotonin production."