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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > October/November 2017 > THE TRUTH ABOUT FEELING LOW IN WINTER


Dreading feeling blue and lethargic in the coming months? We’ve the latest surprising theories on seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – and how to transform your mood
LANCE WORKMAN is an evolutionary psychologist with a special interest in seasonal affective disorder; he is visiting professor of psychology at the University of South Wales

SAD is an affective disorder – which means it causes problems with mood and emotion. With this condition, it’s the seasons that cause the changes. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just winter that affects mood in people with SAD – you may also feel quite high in summer, possibly too excitable to sleep for nights at a time. In winter, you will feel low in a lethargic way, with fatigue, increased craving for carbohydrates and a desire to be left alone. It’s the contrast between moods in summer and winter that leads to a diagnosis – feeling down in winter isn’t enough on its own. There is, in fact, some debate over whether SAD is a form of bipolar disorder that’s seasonally adjusted, but the jury’s still out on that.

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Eat yourself healthier this autumn with our special Food Issue! Inside, you’ll find delicious recipes to help you fight off colds, beat the bloat and get glowing skin. We reveal the results of our food survey – including what you really think about the trend for clean eating – and launch our #snackhappy campaign. Plus, how to recharge your sex drive, cut your breast cancer risk and the truth about feeling low in winter. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!