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Doctor insights on: What Should I Do If I Think I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder

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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

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

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

SAD, depression: Consult with a psychiatrist or mental health professional to make sure that's what you have, unless they diagnosed it. They might have additional suggestions and treatments. You can look at this or other websites as well: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002499/. ...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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Just found out I have seasonal affective disorder. How will this affect me going forward?

SAD: Probably in the same way that it has already affected you. But, now you know and can do something about it. Talk to your family doctor and get a psychiatric consultation for the treatments that are now available. ...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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Can .5 mg Abilify (aripiprazole) be taken w/out my expensive lexapro? I have seasonal affective disorder and both of these meds are expensive.

Can .5 mg Abilify (aripiprazole) be taken w/out my expensive lexapro?  I have seasonal affective disorder and both of these meds are expensive.

Abilify (aripiprazole) or Lexapro: The answer is 'yes' you could take only the abilify, (aripiprazole) if you can only afford one medication. Generally, Abilify (aripiprazole) is rated as less effective than lexapro, so i would usually recommend taking just the Lexapro if you can only take one. Also Lexapro is now generic where is Abilify (aripiprazole) is still brand-name-only and more expensive. ...Read more