Mayo Clinic Q and A: Seasonal affective disorder ? prevention and treatment

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is seasonal affective disorder considered depression? If so, should I be treated for it year-round even though it comes and goes? ANSWER: Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression. Year-round treatment with medication for SAD may be recommended in some cases. But research has shown that, for many people [...]
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Authors: Wirz-Justice A, Ajdacic V, Rössler W, Steinhausen HC, Angst J Abstract The prevalence of autumn/winter seasonality in depression has been documented in the longitudinal Zurich cohort study by five comprehensive diagnostic interviews at intervals over more than 20 years (N = 499). Repeated winter major depressive episodes (MDE-unipolar + bipolar) showed a prevalence of 3.44% (5× more women than men), whereas MDE with a single winter episode was much higher (9.96%). A total of 7.52% suffered from autumn/winter seasonality in major and minor depressive mood states. ...
Source: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci Source Type: research
Abstract Identifying objectively measurable seasonal changes in 24-h activity patterns (rest-activity rhythms or RARs) that occur in seasonal affective disorder (SAD) could help guide research and practice towards new monitoring tools or prevention targets. We quantified RARs from actigraphy data using non-parametric and extended cosine based approaches, then compared RARs between people with SAD and healthy controls in the summer (n = 70) and winter seasons (n = 84). We also characterized the within-person seasonal RAR changes that occurred in the SAD (n = 19) and control (n =&n...
Source: Chronobiology International - Category: Biology Authors: Tags: Chronobiol Int Source Type: research
AbstractThe prevalence of autumn/winter seasonality in depression has been documented in the longitudinal Zurich cohort study by five comprehensive diagnostic interviews at intervals over more than 20  years (N = 499). Repeated winter major depressive episodes (MDE—unipolar + bipolar) showed a prevalence of 3.44% (5× more women than men), whereas MDE with a single winter episode was much higher (9.96%). A total of 7.52% suffered from autumn/winter seasonality in major and minor depressive mood states. The clinical interviews revealed novel findings: high comorbidity of Social An...
Source: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), first described in 1984 (Rosenthal, 2009), is not considered to be a separate and unique mood disorder, but rather to be a specifier of major depressive disorder (Lurie et al. 2006). The overall prevalence of SAD is thought to range from 0% to 9.7% (Lurie et al. 2006). This estimate varies based on the specific population being studied and whether the disorder is diagnosed by a screening questionnaire or a more rigorous clinical interview (Lurie et al. 2006). The clinical presentation of SAD comprises the following (Rosenthal, 2009): patients are predominantly women who become regularly d...
Source: Journal of Affective Disorders - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
As I write this, sunlight glares off the pavement outside my window, the sky remains a plain of ceaseless blue, and the air is so bogged down with heat that the usual cheery birdcalls trilling through the neighborhood now sound shrill. It is summer; I am sad and annoyed — and there’s not a big overreaching reason why (not any more than all the other seasons, at least). I haven’t always been a “bummer in the summer” kind of person; in fact, it used to be my favorite time of year. All the way through childhood and even past my college years, I relished long days swimming in the ocean and countl...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Depression Sad Seasonal Affective Disorder summer Summer Blues Source Type: blogs
The fourth step in learning to sleep well within an ACT framework, is build. My previous posts were: Discover and Accept and Welcome. In build, we’re beginning to build new practices. This is about learning how much sleep you need, and when you need to head to bed and wake up again. I know when I had trouble sleeping at night (I refused to call it insomnia, but it most definitely was!), I thought I’d tried everything to help. I had used all the sleep hygiene strategies like no devices in bed, no TV in bed, do some relaxation as I lay down, have a regular bed-time and wake-up time – and one of the things I...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Coping Skills Clinical reasoning ACT - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Science in practice Health healthcare Resilience Therapeutic approaches biopsychosocial coping strategies Source Type: blogs
Title: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Light Up The BluesCategory: Doctor's&Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 4/19/2005 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/13/2018 2:55:09 PM
Source: MedicineNet Depression General - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news
As a kid, Krista Golden loved to play outside in her family’s yard when the weather turned nice. But by her mid-twenties, something changed. “As I’ve gotten older, I’d rather be by myself and stay in the house during the summer,” says Golden, who is 43 and lives in Ohio. “I just accepted it as, ‘This is me.'” Last winter, Golden learned that there was a reason for her summertime sadness: Her therapist told her she likely had seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But unlike most people with SAD, who experience dips in mood and energy during the cold, dark months of winter, Golden...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology onetime Source Type: news
Two studies shed new light on seasonal affective disorder, concluding that brown-eyed women may be particularly prone to the condition.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Depression Source Type: news
Sleep problems are commonly reported in seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD). However, the specific characteristics of sleep difficulties differ. Frequent sleep problems in MDD are insomnia and night awakenings, whereas SAD patients complain of hypersomnia and daytime sleepiness. No earlier studies have reported differences in sleep functioning between these two disorders.
Source: Sleep Medicine - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
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