Seasonal Affective Disorder

By: Brian N

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder

  1. Seasonal Affective Disorder is depression associated with late autumn and winter and thought to be caused by a lack of light.

Some Signs an symptoms of seasonal affective disorder

Other symptoms of SAD include, but are not limited to:

  • Irritability
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Heavy or "leaden" feeling in arms/legs
  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, especially increased carbohydrate cravings
  • Weight gain
  • Major depression
  • Feeling hopeless & worthless
  • Losing interest in favorite activites
  • Feeling sluggish or agitated
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent thoughts of suicide or death

Other Names for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Other names for Seasonal Affective Disorder are SAD or "summer depression"

How Does it affect someone

  • Become late and unreliable in the winter months.
  • Losing Friends
  • Lack of social activity

How is SAD diagnosed

If you've been feeling depressed and have some of the above symptoms, see your doctor for an assessment. He or she will recommend the right form of treatment for you.

How is it treated.

  1. light therapy, also called phototherapy
  2. Medications
  3. Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy
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