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Is Seasonal Affective Disorder Real?

By now, you might have heard the term “SAD,” which stands for seasonal affective disorder. And yes, it's a real medical condition recognized by the National Institutes of Health.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford wants to share some insight about the condition that commonly occurs in late fall and winter.

How Many People Are Affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder?

The American Academy of Physicians states that approximately 4–6% of people living in the United States experience depression during the winter season. SAD is thought to be triggered by seasonal changes, along with the associated weather and lighting changes.

More women than men tend to be diagnosed with SAD—although both genders are at risk.

Types of Affective Disorders

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorder

What Is the Best Way to Treat SAD?

If you feel as though you are experiencing SAD, you don't have to wait to seek help. Talk with your doctor about what you're experiencing to get an effective treatment plan in place.

Treatment may include vitamin D supplementation, light therapy and the use of antidepressants, among other options.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • General discontent
  • Loneliness
  • Mood swings
  • Sadness
  • Appetite changes
  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of concentration

Do you think your symptoms might be that of a seasonal affective disorder? Visit AFC Urgent Care Chelmsfordtoday for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!