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You don’t have to live in an isolated cabin in a severe climate to experience mood changes during the fall and winter. In fact, approximately 14 percent of Americans experience some degree of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). While it may not be as intense in warmer climates, it can still cause some winter blues that make it difficult to take joy in the things that usually make one happy—and even all the wonderful things that can come with the fall and winter, like colorful leaves, snowfall and holiday parties. SAD is different from depression because it only affects individuals for selected months out of the year. The rest of the year, they can lead perfectly normal, happy lives and have satisfying relationships. But when SAD hits, it can hit some people so hard that it hurts their relationships. Here is how seasonal affective disorder affects your relationship.


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It’s abrupt

Your partner can feel like just yesterday you popped up in the morning, excited to take on the day. In fact, if you suffer from SAD, you’re probably very happy during the spring and summer. You come to life during the warm months, so when the change of seasons—and, subsequently, your moods—occurs, your partner can feel like he’s waking up next to a different person.





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