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Some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and crave sweets and starchy foods. They may also feel depressed. Though symptoms can be severe, they usually clear up. This condition is seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It usually happens during the winter. A less common type of SAD happens in the summer. What causes SAD? Some experts think it's a lack of sunlight during winter, when the days are shorter. In the United States, it is much more common in northern states. Light therapy, in which patients expose themselves to a special type of light for 30 minutes every day often helps.
23rd European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress to be held 28 Aug - 1 Sep 2010 in Amsterdam

23rd European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress to be held 28 Aug - 1 Sep 2010 in Amsterdam

Warnings about a ruined appearance is best way to reduce tanning salon visits

Warnings about a ruined appearance is best way to reduce tanning salon visits

Bright light therapy box for SAD, depression, bipolar disorder and sleep problems

Bright light therapy box for SAD, depression, bipolar disorder and sleep problems

BHRT for treatment of SAD in women

BHRT for treatment of SAD in women

Dawn simulators can help in alleviating Seasonal Affective Disorder

Dawn simulators can help in alleviating Seasonal Affective Disorder

Effect of sunlight exposure on cognitive function among depressed and non-depressed participants

Effect of sunlight exposure on cognitive function among depressed and non-depressed participants

GSK to divest U.S. rights for Wellbutrin XL to Biovail

GSK to divest U.S. rights for Wellbutrin XL to Biovail

No clear link between the levels of vitamin D in the blood and depression

No clear link between the levels of vitamin D in the blood and depression

Lip balms, sunscreens make ideal stocking fillers, dermatologist says

Lip balms, sunscreens make ideal stocking fillers, dermatologist says

Light triggers a new chemical code for brain cells

Light triggers a new chemical code for brain cells

Treatments for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Treatments for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Genetic mutation linked to seasonal affective disorder

Genetic mutation linked to seasonal affective disorder

Different processes govern sight, light detection

Different processes govern sight, light detection

Different processes govern sight, light detection - findings could point toward help for SAD, insomnia patients

Different processes govern sight, light detection - findings could point toward help for SAD, insomnia patients

New Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at UT Southwestern

New Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at UT Southwestern

How might lack of light cause depression?

How might lack of light cause depression?

Glasses designed to block blue light improve sleep and ADHD symptoms

Glasses designed to block blue light improve sleep and ADHD symptoms

Connection between expression of clock genes and sleep

Connection between expression of clock genes and sleep

Link found between a lack of vitamin D and pre-eclampsia

Link found between a lack of vitamin D and pre-eclampsia

What makes a simple biological clock tick?

What makes a simple biological clock tick?