Seasonal Affective Disorder
By: Alexa R
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
A form of depression that appears at the same time each year.
How does it affect someone?
As winter approaches a person with SAD, would start feeling depression-like symptoms, and then as spring comes around, they would feel relief from all of their symptoms.
Other names or forms?
How is SAD diagnosed?
The doctor would preform a careful evaluation of the patient.
How is SAD treated?
The doctor will recommend one of these:
- Increased Light Exposure- spending more time outside during daylight hours,or full spectrum lightbulbs around your house
- Light Therapy- using a special light that stimulates daylight; you would have to sit in front of the light for about 45 minutes everyday
- Talk Therapy- focuses on revising the negative thoughts and feelings associated with depression and helps ease the sense of isolation and loneliness that people with depression often feel
- Medication- antidepressant medications help to regulate the balance of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood and energy
Females are about 4 times more likely to develop SAD than males.