Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Depression

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How was it discovered?

In 1984, psychiatrist Norman E. Rosenthal M.D. began to study depression cases in especially in the months of winter. An article was published about his discovery and in return he got thousands of responses of people with the same symptoms.

What are the causes?

You can get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) from not getting enough Vitamin D (Sunlight). This normally occurs in the winter and in the arctic region. The farther north you live, the more common S.A.D. is. The colder it is the more likely it is for people to have it.

What are the risk factors?

  • Women have a higher rish then men.
  • People who suffer from Bipolar disorder.
  • Family history of depression.
  • People who live in cold climates.

What are the treatments?

Some treatments may include

  • Light Therapy
  • Anti-depressant medication
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Ionized air administration
  • Carefully timed suppliment of Melatonin

How can I prevent it?

Although there is no prevention to this disorder, if you can manage it from early on you can prevent it from getting worse.