PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, is very common during this time of the year. Many people are stuck inside and begin experiencing ‘cabin fever.’
SAD is known as the winter blues, winter depression, summer blues, seasonal depression or mood disorders. Throughout the year, the weather tends to affect our emotions. Many people find themselves feeling sad, eating more carbohydrates and even sleeping more.
Dr. Alicia Kaplan, a psychiatrist for the Allegheny Health Network, says don’t feel guilty because that’s probably the worst thing to do. She recommends having a project handy to keep yourself occupied.
“There are a lot of ways to cope with feeling depressed from the weather,” said Dr. Kaplan. “Many people find that exercising helps, having friends over or even cleaning around the house.”