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Seasonal Affective Disorder

When Sun and Fun Bring Sadness and Despair

Although most Americans spend three-quarters of the year looking forward to summer, for some it can spell depression. This seems antithetical since summer is time for fun in the sun, vacations, barbecues and beach parties. The problem could stem from an affective disorder, or it could result from the cumulative pressures associated with summer months.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Helping SAD Sufferers Sleep Soundly

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a depressive illness that usually appears during the fall and wintertime when daytime light levels start to naturally decrease. It produces symptoms very similar to those associated with major depression and other depression-related conditions. According to the results of a new study published in 2013 in the Journal of Affective …

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Depression and the Holidays

Holiday cheer can be particularly difficult to muster when you’re prone to or currently battling depression. If you’re already living with symptoms of depression like fatigue, insomnia, sadness, or severe pessimism, this time of year can make you feel even more overwhelmed than usual. Even if your symptoms are generally under control, holiday strain has …

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The Changing of the Seasons and Seasonal Affective Disorder

The month of September is nearly past and Fall is almost upon us. Many regions of the country are already feeling the cooler temperatures, seeing colors start to change and having to adjust to a new schedule of dawn and dusk. For many, Fall is a welcome respite from the blazing days of summer, but …

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SAD Long-Term Treatment Effects Studied

Seasonal affect disorder (SAD) is a very common – and often overlooked – condition. This severe form of depression occurs for millions of people every year in the fall and winter seasons. University of Vermont psychologist Kelly Rohan wanted to study the long-term effects of different treatments of this disorder. Rohans findings were summarized in …

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