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Come Share What Helps You Through Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tell us what helps your mood and motivation when the seasons change.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's tied to the light-dark cycle (e.g. when it starts getting dark really early) and follows a seasonal pattern — typically from fall through winter.

Though less common, SAD can also cause depression in spring or summer. In either case, symptoms usually start out mild and increase in severity as the season continues.

If you cope with SAD, you know it's not just the ~winter blues~ or a "rough patch" — it's a real condition with real symptoms.

Those symptoms may include fatigue, agitation, change in appetite, difficulty concentrating, feelings of hopelessness, and thoughts of death or suicide.

Common treatment includes light therapy, medication, and psychotherapy, but we want to know: What else helps you cope with SAD?

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Is there a hobby that helps you stay focused?

Or an emergency self-care kit you open every winter?

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Or a strategy for staying social, like Sunday night dinners with a group of friends?

Share your best tips for coping with SAD and you could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.