Eastern Standard Time, that dreaded "fall back" action, where with each passing day, darkness arrives earlier and earlier until we reach the Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year). For some the change to living days in mostly darkness has little or no impact but for others it is the trigger for a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a clinical depression stemming from what is believed to be a biochemical imbalance of serotonin produced by the hypothalamus gland caused by the shortening of daylight and lack of sunshine. SAD occurs at the same time each year and although it is usually during the late fall early winter months, there have been cases that occur in summer months.
If you are a person who feels like these changes are having an impact on your daily life, it is important to seek help. Therapies range from light therapy to being active to help alleviate the symptoms of SAD. Learn more on 12 Ways to Ease Seasonal Depression.