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Facts About SAD

Individuals who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) develop a depressed state when the seasons change from summer to winter. Once the weather begins to warm back up and days get longer, the symptoms leave. A lack of exposure to daylight and genetics contribute to the disorder.

Symptoms

Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms include fatigue, depression, a decrease in activity, overeating and a lack of desire to engage in social events.

Time Frame

The depression symptoms typically begin in October and begin to lift around March to April.

Demographics

SAD affects women more often than it affects men, but the symptoms in men are stronger.

Region

The disorder is most common in areas of the world farther from the equator. The days are shorter and therefore, less sunlight is available during the day.

Therapy

Because the cause of the disorder is a lack of daylight, therapy for SAD includes using a special light box 30 minutes a day to increase daylight exposure. Other therapy includes medications, moving to a warmer climate during the winter, learning stress-reduction techniques and eating a healthy diet.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/22523-seasonal-diffective-disorder/#ixzz0wskyQOw7

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