Fall weather dampens moods due to Seasonal Affective Disorder

Every year in New England, September serves as a transitional month between the sweltering summer sun and the biting chill of fall. Around this time of year, the Earth’s rotation brings about changes in the moods of ten million Americans, along with changes in weather.  These “winter blues” can be attributed to Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression. Unlike depression, SAD’s symptoms depend on the time of year. “The colder and less sunny that it gets, the worse my symptoms get,” says Julia Roth, who suffers from the disorder. Continue reading