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Even if you don’t have a history of depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can still affect you. While it’s not a permanent condition — it often begins in fall and resolves by spring — there are several things you can do to help prevent it or cope with it.
Even if you don’t personally experience SAD, learning about it can help you support family, friends or coworkers who may experience it. Keep reading to find out more about SAD, who is at risk, and for tips from mental health professionals on how to cope with it.
What is SAD and who is at risk for getting it?
“Seasonal Affective disorder (also known as seasonal depression) is a form of depression that tends to affect people during the winter months. Symptoms are most common November to April and can vary from mild to severe,” said Malin McKinley, LCSW, a psychotherapist specializing in anxiety and depression based in Agoura Hills, California.
Although anyone can experience SAD, seasonal depression in the US tends to affect people more in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Northeast or other places that experience shorter, darker days and colder weather in the winter.
What are the symptoms?
If you have a family history of depression, have a depression or bipolar diagnosis, or are female, then your risk of developing SAD is higher, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Depressed mood
- Negative thoughts
- Hypersomnia (Sleeping too much)
- Increased intake of carbohydrates/weight gain
- Social withdrawal/hibernating
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