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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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