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Doctor insights on: Seasonal Depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is seasonal affective disorder depression?

Is seasonal affective disorder depression?

Not by definition: It can lead to depression or aggravate an existing depression. They are considered to be two separate disorders but often coexist. It pays to treat sad early on so depression may be averted and if it occurs along with a depression it needs attention directly so depression treatment can be more effective. ...Read more

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Seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) (Tip)

If you had at least one depressive episode in the past, you are at risk for another. Get help now. ...See more

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Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss your symptoms with your doctor, and seek help
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Ask for a counseling referral
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Ask a professional whether you would benefit from medications
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Exercise daily, and if you are having trouble, start slowly with a daily walk
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How do I distinguish depression from seasonal affective disorder?

How do I distinguish depression from seasonal affective disorder?

Depression: There are a number of different types of depression, which sad is one. The distinguishing characteristics od sad include the seasonal and cyclical pattern of the depression, accompanied by loss of energy, increased appetite, low motivation and oversleeping. Other depressions can occur at any time during the year and do not improve necessarily as seasons change. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) (Tip)

Do my symptoms meet criteria for clinical depression? ...See more

Dr. Robert Grieco Dr. Grieco
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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your counselor, and make sure to follow his or her advice and treatment plan
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Start a journal, and write prayers, feelings, poems, or doodles
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Call your doctor if you experience self-harming thoughts or suicidal thoughts
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Can you experience physical pain with seasonal affective disorder? Or is that only with actual clinical depression?

Can you experience physical pain with seasonal affective disorder? Or is that only with actual clinical depression?

Sure you can: Physical pain experience is a pretty bad symptom to suffer and it's not necessarily part of any kind of depression diagnosis - but it can become part of any mental health problem. Our most vulnerable systems tend to play a part in the expression of these problems. If pain is your 'go to' - it will be a likely presence. Seek therapy - feel better. ...Read more

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Feel depressed when daylight savings time ends. Do I have seasonal affective disorder?

Feel depressed when daylight savings time ends.  Do I have seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: Sad is more prevalent in regions with colder darker wonters allowing for less interaction with other humans and the environment. You should be properly evaluated if you feel your symptoms are affecting your daily life pattern/routines. ...Read more

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Dr. Victor Bonuel Dr. Bonuel
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Seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) (Tip)

Smile, simplify, stay active, snooze. Connect daily with family, friends & the supreme being! ...See more

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More detail on Seasonal Affective Disorder? I think i have it my parents are those to think its a phase and everything is okay and no visit to a docto

More detail on Seasonal Affective Disorder? I think i have it my parents are those to think its a phase and everything is okay and no visit to a docto

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition in which a person gets depressed as the days get shorter & sunlight is less.It's hard to diagnose in teens because it coincides w/the start of the school year,which can also cause teens to feel stressed and/or sad.EITHER WAY,YOUR FEELING OF BEING LOW IS REAL. Ask your parents if you can see a counselor to talk this out & figure out how to feel good again! ...Read more

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How to know if I have seasonal affective disorder?

How to know if I have seasonal affective disorder?

By your symptoms: SAD symptoms usually occur with change in season (often fall and winter) & can include carbohydrate craving, increased appetite with weight gain, low energy level, irritability, moodiness, sleeping more, heavy feeling in extremities, being overly sensitive to rejection and it can impact relationships. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Rankin Dr. Rankin
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Seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) (Tip)

Thirty minutes of exercise daily in addition to removing processed foods from diet will improve mood. ...See more

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What are the tests for seasonal affective disorder?

What are the tests for seasonal affective disorder?

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 that would asdist a clinician in making that determination. Generally a thorough psych evaluation can determine its presence. The largest determining factor is. The telationsip of between the seasons and mood over the years. ...Read more

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What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

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: Light therapy can be very effective. Psychotherapy and psychotropic medications can also be beneficial. Consider a tropical vacation when it is cold back home. See: ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Gromko Dr. Gromko
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Seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) (Tip)

When bothered with negative self-talk, why not give yourself positive self-talk at least equal time? ...See more

Dr. Jane Kang Dr. Kang
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What to do if that i may have seasonal affective disorder?

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What to do if that i may have seasonal affective disorder?

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 time outside in the light, use indoor lights as much as possible, exercise daily, eat well especially foods with vitamin d. If you are still very depressed, you need to see a doctor about depression medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Gromko Dr. Gromko
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Seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) (Tip)

You don't have to feel sad to be depressed. People may just feel less interest in usual favorites. ...See more

Dr. Arnold Licht
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Somatoform Disorder (Definition)

Somatoform disorders are a group of conditions wherein individuals unconsciously manifest psychological &/or physical symptoms typically in the setting of an underlying conflict (usually outside their conscious awareness). These conditions include, but are not limited to, conversion disorders, somatization disorder, pain disorder, etc. It is important to avoid iatrogenic ...Read more


Dr. Simon Kimm
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Factitious Disorder (Definition)

Factitious disorder is a condition wherein individuals intentionally produces psychological and/or physical signs and symptoms to assume a "sick role" (eg "primary" gain). This in contrast to both 1. Malingering wherein individuals intentionally produces symptoms to receive secondary gain & 2. Somatoform disorders wherein symptoms are unconsciously manifested. In practice, ...Read more