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Do people with seasonal affective disorder have a lot of emotional pain?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: SAD

People with sad have a range of symptoms from mild depression to debilitating depression.
Fortunately, true sad responds to light therapy and antidepressants....

In brief: SAD

People with sad have a range of symptoms from mild depression to debilitating depression.
Fortunately, true sad responds to light therapy and antidepressants....
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Winter blues?

Typical symptoms of sad include: feeling 'blah, ' poorer concentration, wanting to sleep more, increased appetite, and being less productive.
It is like "walking in water" and can be insidious in onset. The depressive conditions are typically more painful per se. They include many more symptoms and is more severe. Typically not seasonal but can worsen then. Most often require medical evaluation.

In brief: Winter blues?

Typical symptoms of sad include: feeling 'blah, ' poorer concentration, wanting to sleep more, increased appetite, and being less productive.
It is like "walking in water" and can be insidious in onset. The depressive conditions are typically more painful per se. They include many more symptoms and is more severe. Typically not seasonal but can worsen then. Most often require medical evaluation.
Dr. K. Olson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: SAD

SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5.
It is a subtype of major depression. Emotional sx's can include: irritability, moodiness, being overly sensitive to rejection, feeling low, lack of interest in activities, low motivation. Sx's may start mild and worsen over the season.

In brief: SAD

SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5.
It is a subtype of major depression. Emotional sx's can include: irritability, moodiness, being overly sensitive to rejection, feeling low, lack of interest in activities, low motivation. Sx's may start mild and worsen over the season.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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