Top answers from doctors based on your search:
Disclaimer

overcoming seasonal affective disorder

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sternberg
48 years experience Clinical Psychology
SAD, depression: Check these symptoms, and then consider consulting with a mental health professional:. Symptoms are usually the same as with other forms of depress ... Read More
2
2 thanks
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
By your symptoms: SAD symptoms usually occur with change in season (often fall and winter) & can include carbohydrate craving, increased appetite with weight gain, ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Pancner
17 years experience Clinical Psychology
Tests?: There is no commercial laboratory study or imaging study that determines whether sad is present. There are a few rating scales that you could complete ... Read More
5
5 thanks
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
SAD: There are no specific tests to rule in or rule out a diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder. It is diagnosed by history. SAD symptoms occur with ch ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Light: Special light therapy is a common, safe, and effective treatment. Wellbutrin (bupropion) (buproprion) is the most common med to treat.
3
3 thanks
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Happy Light: The best treatment for seasonal affective disorder (sad) is phototherapy using a full-spectrum light (a so-called "happy light"). 30 min or so, once t ... Read More
2
2 thanks
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
SAD: SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5. It is a subtype of depression. Treating seasonal affective disorder: Li ... Read More
1
1 comment
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jane Kang
Dr. Jane Kang answered
20 years experience Psychiatry
Light in the winter: If you think you have seasonal affective disorder (depression in the fall and winter), you can do some things such as: make sure you spend as much tim ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
56 years experience Psychiatry
See a psychiatrist: Most likely a medicine like wellbutrin (bupropion) & light therapy will be suggested.
2
2 thanks
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience Psychiatry
Several options: Anti-depressant medications like fluoxetine, sertraline, & other ssris can be helpful to improve symptoms. Bupropion can prevent symptoms. Cognitive-b ... Read More
3
3 thanks
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ben Ferguson
9 years experience General Surgery
Yes.: It is technically a specific version within the broader category of depression. One hallmark of sad is depressed mood, similar to depression itself. A ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Light therapy: Light therapy may be effective. Many people also need antidepressants.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
56 years experience Psychiatry
Nope: Sounds like u live in the midwest!
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Pancner
17 years experience Clinical Psychology
Depression: There are a number of different types of depression, which sad is one. The distinguishing characteristics od sad include the seasonal and cyclical pat ... Read More
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month