Dealing with December

There’s something about December that makes it harder to get out of bed. Maybe it’s because the mornings are so dark, or because the temperatures have started to drop; whatever the reason, environmental changes may result in oversleeping, social withdrawal, appetite changes (especially a craving for foods with higher carbohydrates), weight gain, loss of energy, hopelessness, and heavy “leaden” feelings in the arms or legs.

These symptoms may seem minor, however they are signs you may be suffering from a type of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Coupled with work or school and a busy holiday season, exhibiting some or all of these very common symptoms can really negatively impact your life.
In most cases these symptoms diminish when spring and summer roll around. But these feelings do not have to be "the normal" in winter months, and with the help of our online, anonymous, and brief mental health screenings, you can get help. If you feel like this describes your winter behavior, or if you have recently begun to develop some of these symptoms, please visit the screenings page of our website  today and find out if you or someone you know is dealing with SAD, and how they can get connected to local resources.