Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a disorder that causes someone to be depressed during a certain period. This normally causes people to be more depressed during the fall and winter. SAD is treatable and normally only needs light treatment. To get treatment or advice ask your doctor for a recommended therapist. Bupropion is a common medication used to help people with SAD, but other anti depressants will also help SAD. From surveys taken the ratio of women to men with SAD is 7:3. There are many symptoms which include feeling depressed most or all of the day, feeling hopeless or worthless, having low energy, loosing interest in activities, change in sleeping habits, changes in appetite or weight, feeling sluggish, difficulty concentrating, and frequent suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death. Resources available are The Mayo Clinic and MedlinePlus. Information from

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