Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) News and Research

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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.
Some tips for SAD sufferers

Some tips for SAD sufferers

New drug will treat those winter blues

New drug will treat those winter blues

FDA approves Wellbutrin X for treatment of seasonal depression

FDA approves Wellbutrin X for treatment of seasonal depression

Seasonal depression affects hamsters

Seasonal depression affects hamsters

Bright light therapy may aid patients with depressive and bipolar disorders

Bright light therapy may aid patients with depressive and bipolar disorders

Talk therapy effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder

Talk therapy effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder

Serotonin may play a role in maintaining circadian rhythm

Serotonin may play a role in maintaining circadian rhythm

Brains of one species of mouse actually shrink during the winter

Brains of one species of mouse actually shrink during the winter

Light therapy effectively treats mood disorders

Light therapy effectively treats mood disorders

Lighting up the human brain at night

Lighting up the human brain at night

Horse walks into the bar, barman says why the long face?

Horse walks into the bar, barman says why the long face?

Positive benefits of sun exposure

Positive benefits of sun exposure