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Doctor insights on: Seasonal Affective Disorder And Sertraline

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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

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...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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What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

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

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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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?

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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Does light therapy work for seasonal affective disorder?

Does light therapy work for seasonal affective disorder?

Yes, but ...: While in recent years the blue light wavelengths were thought to be most effective, recent research shows that they may also speed the development of macular degeneration, a potentially eyesight-threatening disease. Do your research and ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for seasonal affective disorder?

What are some natural remedies for seasonal affective disorder?

Light: The most natural and best remedy for sad is bright light therapy, administered at about 10, 000 lux brightness (at a distance of 1.5 feet) for 30-45 minutes twice a day. There are no other proven natural therapies for sad, although evening melatonin has been helpful in a study or two. ...Read more

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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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Zoloft (Definition)

Zoloft is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more