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Doctor insights on: Seasonal Depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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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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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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. John Moranville Dr. Moranville
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Seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) (Tip)

Clinical depression is not just feeling sad, it is a pervasive loss of ability to function normally. ...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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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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Seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) (Tip)

A depressive episode should be treated with meds for three months. Wean off, to see if treatment should be continued! ...See 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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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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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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What to do if that i may have seasonal affective disorder?

Dr. Jane Kang Dr. Kang
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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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Seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) (Tip)

Tell doctor asap if depression suddenly flips to high energy, rapid thoughts, fast speech & no sleep. ...See 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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Seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) (Tip)

Knowledge is power. Educate yourself about depression & it's treatment. ...See more