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Doctor insights on: Signs And Symptoms Of Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Dr. Paul Pancner Dr. Pancner
Clinical Psychology
14 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Are tanning beds useful to help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

Are tanning beds useful to help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

Seasonal disorder: Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (sad) by exposure to artificial light. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter.The light from a light box mimics outdoor light. This is thought to cause a chemical change in the brain that lifts your mood. This is not the same light as a tanning bed. ...Read more

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Dr. Christine Musello Dr. Musello
Clinical Psychology
24 years in practice
University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Medical School
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Will full spectrum light bulb for a regular lamp ward off symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

Will full spectrum light bulb for a regular lamp ward off symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

No: Using light therapy to tx sad is not that simple. The duration of time spent using a sad lamp, the time of day it is used, the consistency of use and a quality sad lamp are all critical factors in successfully using light to tx a seasonal depression.Check out http://northernlighttechnologies.Com/, a canadian company that has been around a long time. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Neil Liebowitz Dr. Liebowitz
Psychiatry
35 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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Does seasonal affective disorder usually cause many symptoms?

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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Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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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????

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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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni Dr. Majeroni
Family Medicine
years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Donald Hazlett Dr. Hazlett
Psychiatry
50 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Paul Pancner Dr. Pancner
Clinical Psychology
14 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Michael Blumenfield Dr. Blumenfield
Psychiatry
53 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Jane Kang Dr. Kang
Psychiatry
17 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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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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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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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