CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - As the days get shorter and colder, mental health experts at Region Ten say it could pose real health issues.

After daylight saving time, many people may suffer from a type of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Symptoms include feeling less energized, and lack of motivation.

“As with any depression, seasonal affective disorder, if left untreated could possibly lead to suicidal thoughts,” said Dominique Mclaughlin, program manager of the Adult Outpatient Clinic at Region Ten. “What we try to encourage members of our community to do is to be proactive about their care.”

Experts encourage anyone showing signs of the illness to seek professional help.