Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

The yearly feeling of seasonal sadness and blues can affect your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is associated with seasonal changes. It usually occurs during the winter but it applies to seasonal changes. Do you think you have a Seasonal Affective Disorder? If you are most likely to feel the symptoms of the Seasonal Affective Disorder, you will have a depressive feeling that starts in the summer and continues into the winter months giving you labile emotions. Treatment for this disorder can be treated with light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications. There are factors that can increase you risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder, females are often diagnosed with SAD, those who are young are more prone with SAD, a family history of SAD are more likely to have a risk, having a clinical disorder which may worsen seasonally, and living far from the equator appears to be more common among people with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Perhaps, it is not the sunshine that matters or the seasonal changes. Maybe the genetic factors and labile mood can take the blame.