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Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD
The following is a list of links to articles published about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Further reproduction without permission by the publisher is prohibited.

Light therapy a ‘natural Prozac’ for winter depression
Winter means “the blues” for many people. And for as many as 30 percent of Minnesotans, shorter days mean a flare-up of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or subsyndromal SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder caused by the lack of light in winter...
Light and YOU
SAD is an acronym for “Seasonal Affective Disorder” more commonly known as the “Winter Blues.” This disorder occurs primarily in winter months with a higher incidence in the northern latitudes. Although during extended cloudy summer weather many people report SAD symptoms.
Bright light may open up a bright future for your health
During the winter months many people suffer from a variety of symptoms due to the lack of sun light. Other than those who suffer from the condition called SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, the lack of light has been known to cause stress for those suffering from the following: alcoholism, PMS, panic disorder, Bi-Polar disorder, sleep disorders, and bulimia nervosa. Often in the summer months we feel great but as the stress from the lack of light takes its toll on our bodies the control we had during the summer months diminishes. We have become victims of the seasons...

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Sad is a genuine mental health condition, insists Mind
Craegmoor News (press release) - UK

Mind, a mental health charity, has launched an information pack to raise awareness about seasonal affective disorder (Sad) and its effects.

Lakenheath doc urges SAD sufferers to step into the light
Stars and Stripes - Washington,DC,USA
The woman was deemed a victim of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a drastic and sometimes debilitating condition brought on by the winter months and subsequent lack of sunlight.

Why does cold weather make me crave heavy food?
Scienceline - New York City,NY,USA
... depression, fatigue, or withdrawal from society, excessive cravings for high-carb, high-fat foods may be a sign of winter Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

A Soggy City Keeps Dripping Toward Record
New York Times - United States
... In a city where the population suffers disproportionately from Seasonal Affective Disorder, the rain is sometimes blamed, but the main culprit is winter darkness, not wetness, experts say.

Shorter days affect moods
Daily Illini - Champaign,IL,USA
As the days grow shorter, people are exposed to far less sunlight, particularly here in Urbana-Champaign. This can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder, said Holly Mirell, Ph.D., at Carle Clinic in Urbana.

How SAD are you this season?
Walton Tribune - Monroe,GA,USA
... When I first looked into Seasonal Affective Disorder, it was because when she was a teenager my daughter seemed to experience a little more than the typical teenage angst.

‘SAD is not a myth’
Times-West Virginian - Fairmont,WV,USA

... And if you’re one of about 10 percent of the population, you have SAD ... Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression linked to the decreased hours of sunshine in autumn and winter.

The March 15, 1998, issue of American Family Physician features an article on Seasonal Affective Disorders by S. Atezaz Saeed, MD, and Timothy J. Bruce, PhD. It includes the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for a major depressive episode and describes the diagnostic criteria for specifying a seasonal pattern . The authors discuss treatment options and guidelines.
Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR) report from their 1998 annual meeting . The report discusses the use of light therapy in the treatment of SAD and for other conditions such as circadian sleep disorders, bulimia nervosa, and premenstrual depression.
Harvard Medical School consumer health information

Harvard Medical School consumer health information

Psychiatrist David Avery said recent research shows that dawn simulation is a potent weapon for winter depression.

Kavita Thapan, Josephine Arendt and Debra J. Skene

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