Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Parth M

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a from of depression that appears at the same time every year, usually in the winter time.

What are some Signs and Symptoms?

  • Gaining fatigue as winter approaches
  • Some difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Mood changes
  • A lack of enjoyment or energy
  • Changes in eating
  • Less time being with friends, or around people

How SAD Can Affect Someone?

While there are the obvious physical and emotional problems people experience when they are going through SAD, there are also other ways that it can affect a person's life, including...


  • becoming late and unreliable in the winter (or summer in rare cases)
  • loss of friends
  • more arguments with friends and family because of iratability

Are There any Other Forms or Names for this Disorder?

There are no other forms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, however, another name for Seasonal Affective Disorder is its abbreviation, or SAD.

How Can SAD be Treated?

  • Learn about your disorder as much as possible
  • Spend time with your family and friends
  • Develop a sleep routine
  • Get as much exercise as possible
  • Follow you doctor's recommendations, which could include light treatment, talk therapy, increased light exposure, as well as medication
  • Be patient with yourself

How Can SAD be Diagnosed?

In order for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), one must be carefully evaluated by a doctor as well as go through certain medical check-ups.

Additional Facts

In rare cases, it is possible for a person to go through SAD in the summer rather than in the winter.