Skip to Content

Major Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern Awareness

Depression Awareness Month: October

Definition

Currently known as Major Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year. In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. However, some people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin in spring or summer. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses.

Causes

Experts aren't really sure what causes SAD. However it is suggested that it can be caused by a lack of sunlight. Seasonal affective disorder is most common in females and young people.

Symptoms

Those that have SAD experience feelings of grumpiness, sadness or anxiety. One may even lose interest in usual activities, become fatigue and have trouble concentrating.

Prevention

If you feel you are suffering from SAD, it is important to seek the help of a trained medical professional. No one knows your body and mood like you do. If you feel like usual changes are taking place, make an appointment to talk about it.

Recommendations

  • Pay attention to your body.
  • Increase your exposure to sunlight.
  • Get help when you need it.
  • Take good care of yourself.
  • Talk with someone.