SAD

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (and 3 tips to help yourself)?

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (and 3 tips to help yourself)?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (with the appropriate acronym of SAD) is a specific type of depression that is related to the seasons, normally beginning and ending at the same time every year (Mayo Clinic, 2017). Usually the symptoms of SAD will start to appear in autumn as the days start to get longer and the weather cooler. But some people may also have the opposite pattern, where they feel more depressed over the summer months. In all cases the symptoms will progressively get worse as the season deepens, and then start to clear as the weather changes (Health Direct, 2018).