The winter months bring mood changes for some people. These people may seem sad because they have SAD, seasonal affective disorder. It is also referred to as seasonal depression which is often blamed on less exposure to sunlight during shorter colder days.
You may someone affected by SAD. The Psychiatric Association lists these symptoms:
- Excessive sleeping, overeating and weight gain during the fall/winter months
- Extreme fatigue or inability to keep up a normal schedule
- Feelings of sadness, loss of feelings, apathy and irritability.
The last item is especially interesting to medical professionals who pursue the connections between mood troubles and B vitamins. Many studies indicate that people with a B-12 deficiency can experience symptoms including mood swings, mental confusion, forgetfulness and even psychotic behavior, like seeing and/or hearing things.
For some time it was believed that it was primarily older adults who tended to have Vitamin B-12 deficiencies, but we now have more studies that show this is a larger problem for younger people than previously thought. One study showed that people as young as 26 may be just as lacking in B-12 as some people over 65! This study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, went on to say that regardless of age, those who didn’t supplement with Vitamin B-12 were twice as likely to be deficient as those who did.
At this time of year, I urge you to consider whether or not you’re getting enough Vitamin B-12. Since B-12 has such an impact on mental energy and mood, I often recommend B-12 supplementation with TriVita’s Sublingual Vitamin B-12.