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easonal ffective isorder
Do you have a predictable pattern when seasons change to fall and/or winter?
If you experience two or more of these patterns for two of more years you may be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is different than major depression in that SAD is a cyclic type of depression that is usually experienced as the amount of day light decreases and temperatures decrease. The exact cause of SAD is still undetermined. However, SAD is believed to be related to changes in: blood levels of the light sensitive hormone melatonin; body temperature; and sleep patterns. The risk of experiencing SAD can be associated with higher latitudes, younger population, and being female. Women comprise 60-90% of persons with SAD.
Suggestions for Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
What is the difference between SAD and the ''winter blues?'' The winter blues can usually be helped with increased physical activity and increased amounts of light in the living and work environment. SAD sufferers may need more intensive treatment, specifically anti-depressant therapy and phototherapy.
If you'd like to talk with a counselor about SAD, please call 218-726-7913 to schedule an appointment.
For more information and support contact: National Organization for Seasonal Affective Disorder (NOSAD), P.O. Box 40133, Washington, D.C. 20016.