I ran a poll on Twitter several days ago asking; “Does seasonal depression only affect its sufferers in the winter?” and received the majority of answers towards ‘no’. I make an odd relation to Lana Del Rey’s ‘summertime sadness‘ when I think of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is actually known to affect people in all seasons rather than just winter. Winter SAD is common due to the lack of sunlight, but there is a more rare kind of SAD that begins in the spring and continues through the summer months. SAD is a form of recurrent depressive disorder or bipolar disorder which vary in intensity. The exact cause of SAD is unknown but hypotheses such as a melatonin deficiency, and serotonin function support the causes of SAD.

But what does it feel like?

Often referred to as ‘seasonal depression’ SAD is a constant low feeling that can cause irritation, crying spells, lethargy, low motivation, and problems with interpersonal relationships. more common than not SAD is detected through the winter months, however, it is more than possible to be diagnosed with SAD in a different season because the cause of the disorder is still unknown. However, the best treatment for SAD known today is 2500 lx of artificial light exposure in the morning. Some ways to incorporate light into your daily routine can include reading a book and having a morning coffee outside, going for small walks, or trying some winter sports such as skating or hockey. Go out with your friends and go sledding, build a snowman, or catch snowflakes. Emphasize these techniques when it’s a particularly sunny day.

Percentages of Canadian’s who suffer from a variety of SAD…

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Severe Seasonal Depression

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Mild Seasonal Depression

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The Winter Blues

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