Could your low mood be seasonal affective disorder?

Many experiencing SAD in winter feel more tired, have greater appetite and less energy

The HSE estimates about 7 per cent of Irish people experience seasonal affective disorder. Photograph: iStock

The HSE estimates about 7 per cent of Irish people experience seasonal affective disorder. Photograph: iStock

Dark nights and a sudden change in weather can make these winter days bleaker and longer than we’d like. The hazy sunshine which builds our vitamin D stores is hard to find on this island in the depths of winter. Icy storms hit, prompting us to keep indoors to escape shivering in our boots.

While winter and these cold days can culminate in cosy gatherings around the fire, it can also bring a lethargy and change in mood which can have a significant impact on your mental health and daily life. It can certainly get you down.

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