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Doctor insights on: Medicine For 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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How common is seasonal affective disorder?

How common is seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5. It is a subtype of major depression. In the US – 1 to 10% of adults experience SAD but prevalence depends on which geographic area you live in. ...Read more

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I need help with seasonal affective disorder?

I need help with seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: The most fun option for treating seasonal affective disorder is going on vacation in a warm tropical climate when it is cold back home. Light therapy can be very effective. Psychotherapy and psychotropic medications can also be beneficial. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021047 ...Read more

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How can I cope with seasonal affective disorder?

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?

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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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?

Doubtful: Light boxes are not designed for that purpose. ...Read more

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Help, what to do about seasonal affective disorder?

Help, what to do about seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: 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: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021047 ...Read more

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Can I have advice for my seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: 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. The most fun option for treating seasonal affective disorder is going to the Caribbean for ...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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How can you tell if you have seasonal affective disorder?

How can you tell if you have seasonal affective disorder?

Spring/Summer Blues: If your mood changes and you tend to get significantly depressed in the winter when there is less exposure to light during the day, thiys would suggest sad (seasonal affective disorder). ...Read more

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Is seasonal affective disorder real or a made up thing.?

Real: I live in the NorthEast where Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a real problem. 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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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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What are symptoms you get with seasonal affective disorder?

What are symptoms you get with seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: Seasonal affective disorder (also called sad) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, seasonal affective disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer. ...Read more

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Does seasonal affective disorder affect your mood all year?

Seasonal disorder: Seasonal affective disorder (sad) is a kind of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter. Causes, incidence, and risk factors. Sad may begin during the teen years or in adulthood. Like other forms of depression, it occurs more often in women than in men. People who live in places with long winter nights are at greater risk for sad. ...Read more

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Why is seasonal affective disorder more severe in the north?

Why is seasonal affective disorder more severe in the north?

More prevalent: Perhaps you mean that seasonal affective disorder is more prevalent in the northern hemispheres -- not really more severe. An individual case might be similar in severity, no matter where the person suffering it lives. But the condition is more frequently seen in northern latitudes -- where in fall-winter, daytime light exposure is less than it is in southern latitudes. ...Read more

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Does seasonal affective disorder usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Sad is technically a variant of major depression, so has all the associated symptoms of depression but with a seasonal pattern. This is usually depression in winter months which correlates more with length of daylight more than temp. Less common is a reverse sad, worse in summer correlating with temp. Many people have mild sad symptoms but don't meet criteria for full depression. ...Read more

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Just found out I have seasonal affective disorder, what to do?

Just found out I have seasonal affective disorder, what to do?

SAD: Treating seasonal affective disorder: Consider a tropical vacation when it is cold back home. Light therapy can be very effective. Psychotherapy and psychotropic medications can also be beneficial. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021047 ...Read more

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What should I do if I think I have seasonal affective disorder?

What should I do if I think I have seasonal affective disorder?

See a psychiatrist: Most likely a medicine like wellbutrin (bupropion) & light therapy will be suggested. ...Read more

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Can I get seasonal affective disorder during the summer or spring?

Can I get seasonal affective disorder during the summer or spring?

Unlikely: Sad occurs in more frequency as you get farther from the equator and typically occurs during those months that daylight becomes shorter. It is believed that with limited exposire to a certain waveband of light, more melatonin is produced resulting in the person feeling lethargic, tired and depressed. With this said, I imagine if you limited your exposure, you could artificially produce this syndro. ...Read more

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What to do if I have seasonal affective disorder how can I fix it?

Get a full spectrum: White light (they are expensive) and sit and read a book in its light for about 2 hours in the early morning. This readjusts the normal brain rhythm known as circadian. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: seasonal affective disorder?

SAD definition: Wikipedia states:in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorderss dsm-iv and dsm-5, its status was changed. It is no longer classified as a unique mood disorder, but is a specifier for recurrent major depressive disorder called with seasonal pattern that occurs at a specific time of the year and fully remits otherwise. ...Read more

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Why would seasonal affective disorder be more severe in the northern hemisphere?

More prevalent: Perhaps you mean that seasonal affective disorder is more prevalent in the northern hemispheres -- not really more severe. An individual case might be similar in severity, no matter where the person suffering it lives. But the condition is more frequently seen in northern latitudes -- where in fall-winter, daytime light exposure is less than it is in southern latitudes. ...Read more

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Just found out I have seasonal affective disorder. How will this affect me going forward?

Just found out I have seasonal affective disorder. How will this affect me going forward?

How severe are sx's?: It doesn't mean that you will develop other affective disorders. 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: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021047 ...Read more

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Seasonal affective disorder should have gone but still there : (can I still benefit from lamp?

Seasonal affective: A light therapy box is a proven seasonal affective disorder treatment. Light box therapy may be effective on its own. Or, light therapy may be most effective when it's combined with another seasonal affective disorder treatment such as an antidepressant medication or psychological counseling (psychotherapy). Light therapy boxes for seasonal affective disorder treatment are also known as light boxe. ...Read more

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Do the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder resemble the behavior of animals in the fall and winter?

Do the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder resemble the behavior of animals in the fall and winter?

Hibernation: With limited exposure to a certain waveband of light, it is believed that more melatonin is produced in the brain. This is the same chemical that induces hibernation in certain mammels. ...Read more

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Seasonal affective disorder - if you have it in the winter, and then it continues into summer, do you change your diagnosis?

Yes: Seasonal affective disorder should improve as the days get longer. If the mood symptoms persist into the summer, it's more likely a person has major depressive disorder or dysthymia. It's important to see a health care provider for the correct diagnosis in case treatment would help. ...Read more

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What should I do if someone who's 18 is having seasonal affective disorder??? What helps?? Food, medications or natural sunlight?

What should I do if someone who's 18 is having seasonal affective disorder??? What helps?? Food, medications or natural sunlight?

SAD: 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: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021047 SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5. ...Read more

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What should I do when someone is having S A D seasonal affective disorder....???? Can foods help? Need medication or sunlight????

Sunlight or lights: That mimic sunlight (full spectrum lights) can help with SAD. It is something like other types of depression, since getting up and out (especially on sunnier days, even when they are cold) can help. I don't know of any foods that help. Alcohol can however hinder anyone who is depressed, since it is a depressant. ...Read more

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Can seasonal affective disorder begin as early as late summer (late Aug- midSep)? I've read it is mainly a late fall/winter occurrence.

Can seasonal affective disorder begin as early as late summer (late Aug- midSep)? I've read it is mainly a late fall/winter occurrence.

SAD: SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5. It is a subtype of depression. There are some people who develop seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the spring or early summer. However, the majority of people experience SAD during the fall or winter. I am not aware of a pattern that begins in late summer. ...Read more

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How to treat seasonal affective disorder?

Several options: Anti-depressant medications like fluoxetine, sertraline, & other ssris can be helpful to improve symptoms. Bupropion can prevent symptoms. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, light therapy (using specialized lamps), dawn stimulation or negative air ionization are also used. Modafinil has been shown in some studies to be effective for sad. Melatonin use in the afternoon and vitamin d also may help. ...Read more

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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 affective disorder occurs how far south? Arizona? Florida?

Northwest?: I live in the pacific northwest - I see some amount of this a lot. Most move to places like florida and arizona to help this (until they get too hot). ...Read more

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Do people with seasonal affective disorder have a lot of emotional pain?

SAD: People with sad have a range of symptoms from mild depression to debilitating depression. Fortunately, true sad responds to light therapy and antidepressants.... ...Read more

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Can you please give me a technical description of sad (seasonal affective disorder)?

It's gone!: Years ago it was a separate diagnosis, but in the recent diagnostic manual it is no longer classified as a unique mood disorder, but is a specifier for recurrent major depressive disorder called "with seasonal pattern" that occurs at a specific time of the year (usually winter) and fully remits otherwise. It seems to be caused by the lesser amounts of sunlight and the affects that has on the body. ...Read more

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Is seasonal affective disorder something to be concerned about in warmer, tropical areas?

SAD: Sad is more prevalent in regions with colder darker wonters allowing for less interaction with other humans and the environment. ...Read more

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Is it possible I have sad (seasonal affective disorder) even though living in sunny san diego?

Is it possible I have sad (seasonal affective disorder) even though living in sunny san diego?

Yes: You r probably better off than u would b in a locale with lots of overcast days treatment is usually wellbutrin (bupropion) & light therapy. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for seasonal affective disorder?

Lite Rx & Wellbutrin (bupropion): Light therapy, wellbutrin, (bupropion) &/or move to a sunny climate. ...Read more

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Is seasonal affective disorder something to be concerned about in warmer climates?

SAD: Seasonal affective disorder (also called sad) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, seasonal affective disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer. ...Read more