Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a condition that typical begins in autumn and ends 
with the arrival of spring. Symptoms are similar to those of a major depressive episode (depressed mood, feelings of hopelessness, lack of concentration, etc. The main difference between SAD and major depression is SAD is only present during the fall and winter months while major depression can occur at any time of the year. 

The predominate theory suggests SAD is related to the lack of sunlight during the winter months that leads to depression. Treatment approaches may include light therapy and traditional depressive treatments such as medication and psychotherapy. Just like all other mental health disorders, there is no one size fits all approach to treatment. If you think you might be suffering from seasonal affective disorder or know someone who is, there is help. To find out more about our Indianapolis counseling services please click here. 

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