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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to the change in seasons. Although it can happen to people during the spring & summer months, most people experience seasonal depression during the fall & winter months. It's generally beings & ends at the same time each year. During these months you experience lower levels of energy & constantly feeling on edge or moody.


5% of adults in the U.S. experience SAD, which lasts 40% of the year.


Causes

• Reduced levels of sunlight in fall & winter

• Increased heat/humidity in summer

• Melatonin levels

• Serotonin levels


Signs/Symptoms

• Feelings depressed most days

• Losing interest in hobbies

• Having low energy

• Feeling hopeless or worthless

• Trouble sleeping

• Changes in appetite


Things that help

• Vitamin D

• Psychotherapy

• Light therapy

• Meditation/yoga

• Self Care


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