Seasonal Affective Disorder (sometimes called Seasonal Affect Disorder)

by Re-Timer on 16 Jan 2014

Seasonal Affective Disorder (sometimes called Seasonal Affect Disorder)

Seasonal Affective Disorder affects your mood and productivity during the fall and winter months. It is classified as a form of depression along with: polar disorder (used to be called ‘manic depression’); Cyclothymic disorder and Dysthymia.

Whilst scientists are still trying to identify what causes SAD or Seasonal Affect Disorder.

You may be depressed if, for more than two weeks, you have felt sad, down or miserable most of the time, or have lost interest or pleasure in most of your usual activities, and if have experienced several of these symptoms across at least three of the groups of symptoms below.

Everyone experiences some of these symptoms from time to time – it may not necessarily mean you are depressed. Equally, not every person who is experiencing depression will have all of these symptoms.

Light therapy treatment has been proven to work in combating the effects of Seasonal Affect Disorder. However, light therapy may only be a suitable treatment option if you have depression which is diagnosed as SAD. A lack of natural light during the winter months is the cause of SAD. Using a light device is therefore a suitable treatment option.

If you experience symptoms of depression based upon seasonality (more in the winter and less in the summer) then you may be a good candidate for a light therapy device. To find out more visit your doctor and ask them to recommend a wearable light device.

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