A clear relationship exists between depression and dementia, so it’s important to pay attention to feelings of sadness, apathy and social withdrawal. Depression is typically characterized by long periods of sadness as opposed to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is often caused by changes in hormone levels and circadian rhythms during the winter months.
Depression is a serious condition that often requires the help of a mental health professional. However, combatting both depression and SAD (and dementia, too) can start with healthy lifestyle habits:
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