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What Are the Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Anxiety, depression, lack of concentration—do any or all of these symptoms sound familiar?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Levittown wants you to know that it might be more than just a bad day. Instead, it could be the beginning signs of seasonal affective disorder.

How Many People Are Affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Did you know? As many as 6% of people living in the United States experience depression during the winter season, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, can affect both genders. However, research has proven that women tend to experience the disorder more than men. In addition, children and teenagers can be diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder.

Types of Affective Disorders

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorder

Would You Be Able to Recognize the Symptoms of SAD?

Everyone has their days where they just are not feeling like themselves. However, if you are starting to feel hopeless and lack energy more days than not, then you might be experiencing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

Fortunately, if you're affected by this seasonal form of depression, help is available.

Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Light therapy
  • Physical exercise
  • Antidepressants
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Chronotherapy

Do you think you might have seasonal affective disorder? Visit AFC Urgent Care Levittowntoday for a medical exam. No appointment is necessary!

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