Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


| 12/4/2014 8:00:00 AM


Tags: Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, Seasonal Depression, Depression, Winter Blues,

Most of us know that our surroundings can have a big impact on our mood, so we try to do things like brighten up rooms with artwork and plants or keep the shades open if we’re going to be working inside all day.

But what about when Mother Nature herself seems to be conspiring against you?

Facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder 

Many people get a little bit moody and sad when summer slips into fall and winter, but what you might not know is that extreme feelings in this vein that occur at the same time every year can be a sign of a serious condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

Though some people don’t believe the condition is real, medical experts disagree and say that somewhere between 10 and 12 million Americans have some form of the disease. That’s 1 out of every 30 people!

How Do You Know If You Have SAD?

Unfortunately, there are no diagnostic tests that doctors can give to determine whether or not you suffer from SAD. They are only able to diagnose people with the condition by observing them and using their history. True SAD sufferers:




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