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Things you need to know
Things you need to know

-Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) begins in the winter and gradually fades in the summer.
-SAD is due to the change in seasons and is a form of depression.
-Common in places where there is a lack of sunlight that disrupts the circadian cycle.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

It would not be wrong to call seasonal affective disorder (SAD) winter depression. SAD is a type of depression that is most severe between December- February. Though it is very common to happen in winters only, in rare cases, people can also experience SAD in summers.

Seasonal affective disorder symptoms

Seasonal affective disorder symptoms

SAD can affect any age group and is most likely to appear between 18- 30years.

Symptoms may be minimal at first, but they may grow more severe as the season advances.

Causes of seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Causes of seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder

Diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder

There are no laboratory tests done for diagnosing SAD in a person. This can only be diagnosed by the signs and symptoms a person shows in a span of 1 to 2 weeks. Listed below are the signs a person with SAD might indicate:-

Seasonal affective disorder treatments

Seasonal affective disorder treatments

FAQs
FAQs

Light therapy won’t cure your disorder but will help improve the symptoms within just a few days.

 

SAD becomes more common as people get older and is found more in women than in men.

Yes, because vitamin D deficiency has been reported in persons with SAD, which can be due to the lack of sunlight.