Seasonal Affective Disorder
by Gabriela C
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) is a form of depression that appears at the same time of the year. When there is less daylight, so usually in the winter.
Signs or Symptoms of S.A.D
- change in mood
- lack of employment
- low energy
- changes in sleep
- changes in eating
- difficulty concentrating
- less time socializing
How does S.A.D affect someone?
Seasonal Affective Disorder will make someone depressed during a certain time of year every year.
- reverse seasonal pattern
- depressed in the summer
- these are rare
How is Seasonal Affective Disorder diagnosed?
Can be difficult to diagnose. So doctors ask...
- If you have been depressed during the winter months for at least two years in a row
- If you have had any symptoms of S.A.D
How is Seasonal Affective Disorder treated?
- increased light exposure
- light therapy
- talk therapy
- medicine- antidepressants (monitored by the doctor)
- S.A.D is caused by the brains production of melatonin and serotonin.
- When you have more melatonin than serotonin you become depressed.