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Winter Blues: Maybe you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Are you feeling sad this winter? Maybe you have seasonal affective disorder. Yes, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real diagnosis.

Detroit Snow Storm
Detroit Snow Storm
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Chicago snow storm January 2014
Chicago snow storm January 2014
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People who have SAD find it hard to cope on gloomy winter days. The same person who has lots of energy in the spring and summer months, can feel down and depressed during the winter months.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, seasonal affective disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer.

Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications read the entire Mayo Clinic article

If you are feeling sad this winter, depressed or suicidal seek help, contact a Mental Health Agency or psychiatrist in your area. Enjoy reading Benefits of seeing a psychiatrist and Happy Healthy News Yvette Collins, Pharm.D.

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