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Doctor insights on: Case Studies Of Seasonal Affective Disorder

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What is seasonal affective disorder?

What is seasonal affective disorder?

Depressed mood: Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs in the winter, when there is less natural light. It is sometimes treated with light boxes. ...Read more

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Seasonal Depression (Sad) (Definition)

Seasonal affective disorder is a psychiatric condition in which individuals with otherwise normal mental health experience symptoms of depression during seasons with less sunlight. Commonly, individuals are affected during the winter time. ...Read more


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How common is seasonal affective disorder?

How common is seasonal affective disorder?

Pretty Common: Depends on where you live & the amount of sunlight there. One recent survey in toronto showed a 3 percent rate in the general population. ...Read more

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I need help with seasonal affective disorder?

I need help with seasonal affective disorder?

See your doctor: Please see your doctor for a referral to a psychiatrist. Have a full evaluation. Various treatments include phototherapy lights at a minimum of 10, 000 lx for at least one half hour the day. Wellbutrin (bupropion) has also been approved for seasonal affective disorder. An off label use is Inderal 40 mg taken between 5:30 and 6am daily. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I cope with seasonal affective disorder?

Prepare for it when : You are heading into the difficult season (sometimes it's not winter time). A major factor is getting enough light during waking hours and staying active physically. Getting restful sleep is critical also. Severe sad may require psychiatric care & medication to prevent full blown clinical depression. Be active socially and don't isolate yourself. Be aware and prepare. Do that early in the season. ...Read more

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How to know if I have seasonal affective disorder?

How to know if I have seasonal affective disorder?

SAD, depression: Check these symptoms, and then consider consulting with a mental health professional:. Symptoms are usually the same as with other forms of depression, and include: hopelessness increased appetite with weight gain increased sleep less energy and ability to concentrate loss of interest in work or other activities sluggish movements social withdrawal unhappiness and irritability. ...Read 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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Can seasonal affective disorder lamps make you tan?

SAD light Tx: Not likely with fluorescent light, unless intensity too high or distance too short, & used for long time periods. ...Read more

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Help, what to do about seasonal affective disorder?

Help, what to do about seasonal affective disorder?

SAD, depression: Consult with a psychiatrist or mental health professional to make sure that's what you have, unless they diagnosed it. They might have additional suggestions and treatments. You can look at this or other websites as well: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002499/. ...Read more

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Can I have advice for my seasonal affective disorder?

Can I have advice for my seasonal affective disorder?

SAD, depression: Consult with a psychiatrist or mental health professional to make sure that's what you have, unless they diagnosed it. They might have additional suggestions and treatments. You can look at this or other websites as well: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002499/. ...Read more

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What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

Light: Special light therapy is a common, safe, and effective treatment. Wellbutrin (bupropion) (buproprion) is the most common med to treat. ...Read more

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