Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

By: Tony Wong

Definition:

A form of depression that occurs

around the same time every year.

Signs and Symptoms of SAD

  • Changes in mood
  • Lack of enjoyment
  • Low energy
  • Changes in sleep/eating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Less time socializing

How is it diagnosed?

  • Health professionals check for medical conditions
  • Some include appetite and sleep changes and extreme fatigue

How is it treated?

Increased Light Exposure: Getting more light in the day

Light Therapy: Look at a special light for a short time everyday

Talk Therapy: Talking to trusted people to resolve problems

Medication: Simply take medicine to treat SAD

Fun Facts:

  • Eating healthy can also help treat SAD
  • In rare cases, SAD can occur in the summer