Seasonal Affective Disorder
Overview Treatment: Definition - A form of depression that recurs with a fall-winter onset and a spring-summer remission (also known as SAD).
Causes, Incidences, And Risk Factors: The cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is not known, but is thought to be related to the body's temperature and hormone regulation. The disorder is rare, and most people with the "winter blahs" or cabin fever do not have SAD. The disorder may have its onset in adolescence or early adulthood, an it occurs more frequently in women than in men.
·depression with a fall or winter onset
·lack of energy
·decreased interest in work or significant activities
·increased appetite with weight gain
·increased sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness
·afternoon slumps with decreased energy and concentration
·slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
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