Are you SAD?

Within the construction industry seasonal depression, or the "winter blues," is a commonly undiagnosed issue. The more common name is Seasonal Affected Disorder or SAD. Typically, SAD occurs when the seasons change. The more common and prevalent symptoms showing up in the fall and continue into the winter months. However, seasonal depression can occur in the summer or spring, but this is less common.

  •  In a given year, about 5% of the U.S. population experiences seasonal depression.

  •  Four out of five people who have seasonal depression are women.

  •  The main age of onset of seasonal depression is between 20 and 30 years of age, however symptoms can appear earlier.

  •  The prevalence of seasonal depression is anywhere from 0-10% of the population, depending on the geographic region.

  •  Typically, the further one is from the equator, the more at risk one is for seasonal depression.



Symptoms of seasonal depression are typically consistent with those that occur wit h depression. Sometimes it can difficult to tell if someone has seasonal depression or other types of depression. Symptoms that are typically more common in seasonal depression than in other forms are carbohydrate craving, increased appetite, excessive sleepiness, and weight gain. A diagnosis of seasonal depression can be made after two consecutive occurrences of depression that occur and end at the same time every year, with the
symptoms subsiding the rest of the year.

Discover specific symptoms and where to get help in this week's Wachs Weekly.