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What to Know About SAD and the Best Ways to Treat This Seasonal Condition

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You are not alone if you are starting to feel the impacts of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This form of depression is instigated by the change of the seasons, most notably a lack of daylight that happens in the fall and winter months.

Here is what you need to know about SAD, its symptoms, diagnosis, and steps that you can take to treat it.

Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, roughly 4% to 6% of Americans have SAD.

Furthermore, as much as 20% of Americans deal with some mild form of the disorder, known collectively as the "winter blues." Women and younger adults are the most susceptible to having SAD.

Medical professionals are not entirely sure about what causes some people to suffer from SAD. The underlying cause lies in the changes that happen to the body's natural circadian rhythm when the daylight hours begin to shorten. This disruption leads to a lack of energy and alertness for those who see the effects of SAD.


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