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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

SAD Symptoms, Signs, Definition, & Treatments

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that generally occurs during the fall and winter months. SAD is thought to be caused by the reduced amount of sunlight during these months, which can disrupt the body's natural circadian rhythms. However, some people experience summer depression, which is less common but may be related to the increased heat, humidity, and longer days that come along with the summer months.

Seasonal affective disorder can have a significant impact on a person's mental health. Individuals with SAD may experience depression, anxiety, and fatigue. They may also have difficulty concentrating and problems with motivation. SAD can be very disabling and can significantly reduce a person's quality of life.

People with SAD may experience a number of symptoms, including:

- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fatigue and low energy
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Thoughts of death or suicide

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to reach out to a mental health professional for help. With treatment, most people with SAD can feel better. Treatment options for SAD include light therapy, psychotherapy, and medication. If you think you may be suffering from SAD, it's important to talk to a mental health professional such as Matt McTeague in order to get a proper diagnosis and find the best treatment option for you.

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