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Do You Suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — 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. These symptoms often resolve during the spring and summer months. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer and resolves during the fall or winter months.

You might try to brush off the blues you’re feeling as no big deal or feel like you need to tough it out, all on your own, but there are steps you can take to improve your mood, so you feel better. Treatment for SAD may include such things as light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy, and medications.

The majority of people who suffer from SAD feel the most severe symptoms in the late fall and winter, usually subsiding as the days get longer in the spring and summer. Fewer people feel SAD in reverse where their symptoms appear in the spring and summer. No matter which season, SAD symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses.

SAD; signs and symptoms:

Winter-onset of SAD symptoms might include:

Symptoms of summer-onset of SAD, sometimes referred to as summer depression, might include:

Who is susceptible or at an increased risk of SAD?

Though the specific cause of SAD is unknown, some factors that may contribute to this disorder may include:

Factors that may increase your risk of SAD may include:

Feeling down every once in a while is completely normal but if you think saddened for days at a time, and you can't get motivated to do activities you usually enjoy, seeing your health care provider is recommended. This is especially important if your sleep patterns and appetite have changed, you turn to alcohol for comfort or relaxation, or you feel hopeless or think about suicide.

SAD should be taken seriously, as with other types of depression, it can become worse and lead to complicated problems when not treated. Some of these problems show up as:

Although there is no way to prevent developing SAD, you can take steps to manage your symptoms. Preparing ahead and seeking professional treatment in advance may help prevent complications from this mood disorder. If you or a loved one struggles with symptoms related to SAD, Compassionate Psychiatric Services may be the solution for you. Give our office a call today at 469-200-4093 and speak with a specialist. For more information visit our website at




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