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How to Know if You have S.A.D

How to Know if You have S.A.D

We have written past articles about Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D the definition, symptoms etc. You can read these past articles by clicking S.A.D Articles. Some might feel very depressed during certain times of the year. Some might wonder how do you discover if you have S.A.D. What is the diagnosis process. Mayo Clinic online has provided some insight into the process that we would like to share. Physical Exam- Your doctor might do a full physical exam. Sometimes depression is linked…

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S.A.D In Children?

S.A.D In Children?

When people think of depression they usually imagine an adult. However depression and anxiety can affect children as well. One type of depression that affects both adults and children is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is sometimes not recognized right away because the depression comes and goes according to the seasons. Some external factors that can trigger S.A.D are cold and dark weather or the chaos of holidays or the loneliness from not seeing friends because of school break. Clinical…

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The Risk Factors of S.A.D

The Risk Factors of S.A.D

Click the link to read our previous articles on Seasonal Affective Disorder . We have discussed what S.A.D is, the causes and the symptoms. In this article we will discuss the possible risks of the increased chances to develop Seasonal Affective Disorder. The risks are the following.   Being female- S.A.D is more common in women. However men experience more severe symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Age- Younger people are more likely to develop S.A.D then those who are older. Family History- Having a…

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What Causes Seasonal Blues?

What Causes Seasonal Blues?

With Autumn around the corner the seasonal changes are coming. These can be exciting times. Fall brings pumpkin flavored everything, colorful leaves, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Then Winter presents us with snowfall, snowmen, Holiday decorations lighting up the streets and fireworks as we welcome in the new year. These things can be exciting. Though for some people seasonal change can bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Mayo Clinic defines SAD as, “A type of depression that’s related to changes in…

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Get Out of Your Seasonal Slump

Get Out of Your Seasonal Slump

While no one knows the exact cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder some hypotheses include that your circadian rhythm or your melatonin levels are off (Mayo Clinic). The most common and effective treatments is exposure to bright light in the morning.  However taking melatonin may also help stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder is to take melatonin. According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health “taking melatonin at the correct time of day . . . more than doubled…

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