Seasonal Affective Disorder ( SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. Typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Commonly referred to as the “winter blues”. And the symptoms include having low energy, overeating, craving carbohydrates, and social withdrawal. One in every 10 people in the adult U.S. population suffers from winter blues.
However, black women are especially vulnerable to SAD for a myriad of reasons. This is particularly troublesome because Vitamin D levels within black people are notoriously low, even at times called our “hidden epidemic” by experts. Also. members of the black population have notoriously low vitamin D levels. Women are four times more likely than men to come down with winter blues.
Age and family history are important factors as well. It is generation Z and millennials who deal with SAD the most. But black women are mostly worried simply about the fact that they ARE black women. They account for a large portion of those who are affected by SAD.
Winter Blues combat methods include:
- taking vitamin D supplements to combative depressive symptoms,
- taking fitness-focused vacations,
- drinking warm non-alcoholic drinks with friends, and
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