Episode 13: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — lack of sunlight.
SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.
Seasonal affective disorder is a subtype of major depression that comes and goes based on seasons. So symptoms of major depression may be part of SAD, such as:
The specific cause of seasonal affective disorder remains unknown.
Factors that may increase your risk of seasonal affective disorder include:
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medication.
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