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S e a s o n a l A f f e c t iv e D is o r d e r


S e a s o n a l a ffe c tiv e d is o rd e r is a ty p e o f d e p re s s io n th a t c o m e s a n d g o e s a lo n g w ith th e s e a s o n s , ty p ic a lly s ta rtin g in la te fa ll a n d re tre a tin g d u rin g th e s p rin g a n d s u m m e r. It c a n b e tre a te d w ith lig h t th e ra p y a n d o th e r re m e d ie s .


S Y M P T O M S O F S A D T o b e d ia g n o s e d w ith s e a s o n a l a ffe c tiv e d is o r d e r , y o u r d e p r e s s io n m u s t s h o w a r e c u r r in g s e a s o n a l p a tte r n fo r a t le a s t 2 y e a r s , th e N a tio n a l In s titu te fo r M e n ta l H e a lth s a y s . S y m p to m s c a n in c lu d e :


• Lo w e n e rg y. • Sle e p in g to o m u ch . • O ve re a tin g . • W e ig h t g a in . • Cra vin g ca rb o h yd ra te s. • So cia l w ith d ra w a l.


Y o u m a y a ls o e x p e r ie n c e s o m e s y m p to m s o f m a jo r d e p r e s s io n . T h e s e in c lu d e : • Fe e lin g d e p re sse d m o st o f th e d a y, n e a rly e ve ry d a y.


• Fe e lin g h o p e le ss o r w o rth le ss.


R IS K F A C T O R S W o m e n a re fo u r tim e s m o re lik e ly to


h a v e S A D th a n m e n , a s a re p e o p le w h o liv e fa r fro m th e e q u a to r. Y o u m a y a lso b e m o re lik e ly to d e v e lo p S A D if y o u h a v e fa m ily m e m b e rs w ith th e d iso rd e r, o r if y o u h a v e d e p re ssio n o r b ip o la r d iso rd e r. Y o u n g e r p e o p le a re a lso m o re p ro n e to


8 H e a lth y Y o u : a g u id e to w e ll-b e in g S A D th a n o ld e r p e o p le


T R E A T M E N T S F o rtu n a te ly , se a so n a l a ffe c tiv e d iso rd e r


is tre a ta b le . Y o u r d o c to r m a y g iv e y o u a ty p e o f m e d ic a tio n c a lle d se le c tiv e se ro to n in re u p ta k e in h ib ito rs o r b u p ro p io n , a n o th e r a n tid e p re ssa n t. Y o u


• Lo w e n e rg y. • Lo sin g in te re st in a ctivitie s yo u o n ce e n jo ye d .


• Sle e p p ro b le m s. • Ch a n g e s in yo u r a p p e tite o r w e ig h t.


c o u ld a lso re c e iv e lig h t th e ra p y , w h e re th e b rig h t su n sh in e o f sp rin g a n d su m m e r is re p lic a te d w ith a ty p e o f lig h t b o x th a t filte rs o u t U V ra y s b u t is a b o u t 2 0 tim e s b rig h te r th a n re g u la r in d o o r lig h tin g . Y o u r d o c to r m a y a lso re c o m m e n d p sy c h o th e ra p y o r v ita m in D tre a tm e n ts.


• Fe e lin g slu g g ish o r a g ita te d . • D ifficu lty co n ce n tra tin g . • Th o u g h ts o f d e a th o r su icid e .


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