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05 What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?




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This article is from the Depression FAQ, by Cynthia Frazier with numerous contributions by others.

05 What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

SAD is a pattern of depressive illness in which symptoms recur every winter. This form of depressive illness often is accompanied by such symptoms as marked decrease in energy, increased need for sleep, and carbohydrate craving. Photo therapy - morning exposure to bright, full spectrum light - can often be dramatically helpful.

 

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