Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Informational and Treatment Guide
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that is related to and caused by changes in seasons. SAD usually begins and ends around the same time every year. Around 5% of all United States citizens experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, while nearly 10% of Alaskan people experience it. Latitude makes a big difference.
Symptoms & Diagnosis
Since SAD is a subtype of depression, the most common symptom is major depression. Major depression usually kicks in around early fall and winter, and fades during spring and summertime. During these episodes of depression, patients may experience large losses of energy, losing interest in activities they used to like, feeling sluggish or upset, having suicidal thoughts or actions, and experiencing difficulty concentrating.
Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder