Dr. Thomas J. High from Thomas J. High, MD, Family Medicine answers a reader’s question about Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Q: What is Seasonal Affective Disorder, and what can I do about it?
A: SAD is a type of depression that affects people around the same time of year and is characterized by loss of energy, moodiness, anxiety, sleep disruption and appetite changes, among other symptoms. Often, SAD is triggered by a reduction in the amount of sunlight we receive, especially during the winter months. Phototherapy (light therapy) has proven to be effective in treating SAD, along with psychotherapy and medications. If you experience symptoms for several days, call your doctor, who can diagnose SAD and prescribe treatment.
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