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SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

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Those who suffer from SAD likely have genetic factors responsible for the ailment and likely have more people in the family suffering from it as well.
The symptoms could worsen in case the person suffers from major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder.

WHAT IS SEASONAL
AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)?

The seasonal affective disorder happens around the same time every year as seasons witness a shift. Quite often, the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder start around the fall and continue through the winter days. The patient could suffer from a lack of energy and could cause mood swings. The symptoms generally reduce around early summer. Take steps and motivate yourself through days of the “winter blues”.


SYMPTOMS OF SEASONAL
AFFECTIVE DISORDER

It often happens during the winter days and tends to go away during the sunnier days in summer. As the season progresses, symptoms of seasonal affective disorder could range from mild to severe. These depressive feelings could be a day-long and or could linger on for weeks. The patient could lose interest in activities that were once enjoyable. There could be low energy levels and trouble sleeping at night. Frequent changes in appetite and body weight, hopelessness, negative thoughts, and agitated behavior are some symptoms of SAD.

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CAUSES OF
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms are often triggered by a change in seasons. It occurs around the same time every year and could also root from factors that include:

  • The onset of winters leads to a decrease in sunlight. This causes a disruption in the body’s circadian rhythm. This can cause feelings of depression.
  • Time change, which can impact day to day functioning of a lot of people can also impact significantly to people prone to this illness, and trigger an episode of severe depression.
  • The variation in the body’s melatonin levels could damage the sleep patterns and affect mood. This leads to the progression of SAD.

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COMPLICATIONS

The signs of the disorder need to be taken seriously. Look out for things like:

  • Social withdrawal, problems at school and office
  • Anxiety
  • Eating problems
  • Variation in behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR

Keep a close watch. In case there is no improvement, it is best not to ignore the symptoms and to consult a specialist for seasonal affective disorder.





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