Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that usually begins during late fall and lasts through the winter months when there is less natural sunlight. Health Promotion and Wellness has created a map of sunny spots on campus to get your daily dose of natural light to help decrease symptoms of SAD.
Symptoms of SAD may include: depression, anxiety, increased sleep and fatigue, irritability, moodiness, social withdrawal, diminished concentration, and increased appetite with weight gain. But these symptoms can be fought in a variety of ways, including spending some time in the sun, exercise, and eating seasonal foods.
It is important to contact a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment of SAD and other types of depression. If you think that you or someone you know is depressed, please contact Student Counseling Services for a confidential consultation at (773)702-9800.