Soon the leaves will turn all sorts of brilliant colors. The autumn season is on it's way. I love the fall. It's my favorite season of the year.Unfortunately,Tunnel Outdoor Led Flood Light for many who suffer from a disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the dread of the upcoming change in seasons is growing.I am writing this late summer article for those of you who struggle with seasonal depression, or have wondered if you might. I am writing now, before the onset of the fall season, because I want for you to be proactive before this problem gains a foothold in your life.The research is unclear about the average percentage of the population that suffers from seasonal affective disorder. There has been substantial studies of those with depression, bipolar disorder and atypical depression, which show that 60% or more with these particular diagnoses have additional elevations in depression symptoms during the fall and winter seasons.We've all heard the term "biological clock." We are now somewhat sure of exactly where this resides in the brain. One responsibility of our biological clock is to measure the amount of light that comes through our retinas. Then our nervous system communicates this information to the Pineal Gland. The Pineal Gland is responsible for producing Melatonin. The more light that comes through, the less Melatonin that is produced. In the fall and winter, when daylight hours are much fewer, the Pineal Gland produces much more Melatonin.Ironically, Melatonin is a hormone known to have many positive benefits for us. It is prescribed for insomnia, helps with jet lag, improves immune function and is an antioxidant. The bad news for those of you who suffer from SAD is that it seems Melatonin is the culprit.The symptoms for Seasonal Affective Disorder include, but are not limited to the following list:1. Excessive eating2. Weight gain3. Depression4. Excessive sleeping5. Decreased physical activity; much more sedentary6. Increased levels of fatigue7. Unclear or sluggish ability to think8. Feeling slowed down physically and mentally9. Previous history of elevated depression in fall\/winter10. Strong cravings for sweets and starchy foodsNow, if some of this sounds familiar to you, and you're sure you do not struggle with seasonal depression it's because we all slow down some in the winter. We're biologically built to go into a sort of natural hibernation mode. The difference is when the symptoms listed above significantly impair several of your important life areas, such as family, social and work productivity in such a way that you are much less functional.Take a proactive stance now. We're all familiar with "Prevention is the best medicine!" Have a fall and winter plan.