Seasonal Affective Disorder and the difference from winter blues
What's the difference between SAD and ordinary winter blues? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin D deficiency, depression linked in international study
(University of Georgia) Vitamin D deficiency is not just harmful to physical health -- it also might impact mental health, according to a team of researchers that has found a link between seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and a lack of sunlight. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 2, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Treating and Preventing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
The holiday season is often associated with family gatherings and cheerful spirits, but that's not the case for everyone. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - November 23, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: Psychological Disorders Source Type: news

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Tips to Overcome the Disorder
The first way to get ready for the holiday season is to check out your mood today.read more (Source: Psychology Today Food and Diet Center)
Source: Psychology Today Food and Diet Center - November 10, 2014 Category: Nutrition Authors: Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D. Tags: Anxiety Depression Diet Happiness Source Type: news

How to know if it's not just the winter blues
This article shares some facts about seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that often masks itself as the winter blues. (Source: About.com Mental Health)
Source: About.com Mental Health - November 4, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

Standard Time Starts, And The Summer-Haters Celebrate
Some people have SAD — seasonal affective disorder — in reverse. For these people, today is the best day of the year.» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Martin Source Type: news

Seasonal Fluctuations in Serotonin Responsible for SAD?Seasonal Fluctuations in Serotonin Responsible for SAD?
Seasonal affective disorder may be caused by seasonal changes in serotonin transporter levels. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Cognitive Distortions: The Lies Depression Tells
Depression is a master manipulator. It spins negative stories and makes you think these tall tales are cold, hard facts. But they’re really cognitive distortions. “[N]ot only does the illness make our thoughts more negative, but it tends to make us see negative events as internal, stable and global,” said Lee H. Coleman, Ph.D., ABPP, a clinical psychologist and assistant director and director of training at the California Institute of Technology’s student counseling center. This includes everything from believing something is wrong with you when your friend cancels dinner to assuming bad things alwa...
Source: Psych Central - October 28, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Depression Disorders Happiness Self-Esteem Self-Help Catastrophizing Cognition Cognitive Distortion Mood Disorder Negative Thoughts Problem Solving Recklessness Ruminating Seasonal Affective Disorder Self Harm Self Talk sel Source Type: news

Dark Days Here for Folks with Seasonal Depression
Expert offers tips to compensate for reduced light exposureSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Seasonal Affective Disorder (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What causes the winter blues?
A new study explores the cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). People with SAD process significantly less serotonin in winter than summer. Gayle King reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scans reveal cause of winter blues
Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stressed, lack of sex drive and low self-esteem: Seasonal affective disorder explained
WINTER depression affects around two million people in the UK. Here we explain what SAD is, what symptoms to look out for and how to treat it (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As the days get shorter, some people get SAD
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can start to set in as the seasons change, but there are ways to combat it (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Contrave Weight Loss Drug From Orexigen And Takeda
The FDA announced today that it had approved Contrave, the long-awaited and much-disputed weight loss drug.  The drug is a combination of two drugs already approved for other indications: naltrexone hydrochloride, which is used to combat alcohol and opioid dependence, and bupropion, which is used to treat depression and seasonal affective disorder and as an aid to smoking cessation treatment. Contrave is manufactured by Orexigen and will be distributed by Takeda. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 10, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Larry Husten Source Type: news

Sunlight: The Natural Appetite Suppressant
We feel better in the sunshine read more (Source: Psychology Today Food and Diet Center)
Source: Psychology Today Food and Diet Center - July 11, 2014 Category: Nutrition Authors: Judith J. Wurtman, Ph.D. Tags: Diet Health Integrative Medicine intuitive draw to the sunlight light as natural antidepressant seasonal affective disorder serotonin production increased by sunshine weight loss in the summer Source Type: news

Winter Blues Survival Guide: A Workbook For Overcoming SAD
Do the first signs of fall make you feel like hibernating until spring? During the winter months, do you feel irritable and depressed? If this sounds familiar, you may be one of the twenty percent of American adults suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a pattern of depression that comes and goes as the seasons cycle, the daylight hours lengthen and shorten, and the temperature changes. The condition can disrupt your life to such an extent that you may find it hard to focus on your work, to socialize, and even to get out of bed each morning. Having worked with SAD-affected people in a therapeutic setting...
Source: Psych Central - July 9, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Corinna Underwood Tags: Book Reviews General Motivation and Inspiration Seasonal Affective Disorder Self-Help christine benton Norman Rosenthal overcoming sad Seasonal Depression Winter Blues winter blues survival guide Source Type: news

Seasonality of Depression Referrals in Older People - Holloway LE, Evans S.
Seasonal affective disorder is becoming more widely recognised as a prevalent mood disorder in the adult population. However, few studies have investigated the link between sunlight exposure and mood in the elderly. Referrals to the community Mental Health... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 9, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Summertime SAD: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Mark Frye explains that Seasonal Affective Disorder isn't necessarily just a wintertime condition. To listen, click the link below. Summertime SAD (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 30, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Spring Forward, Fall Back Into Depression?
While many look forward to Daylight Saving Time and having more light at the end of the day, others, especially those with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), may find themselves slipping back into depression at this time of year....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Depression)
Source: About.com Depression - March 28, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Treating SAD: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Mark Frye outlines treatment options for SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. To listen, click the link below. Treating SAD (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 6, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
Do you have winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder? Whichever it is, you will find some practical steps here to dig yourself out of the snow.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)
Source: Psychology Today Depression Center - February 13, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jonathan Fader, Ph.D. Tags: Depression Happiness Health dark winter helio sad seasonal affective disorder sunlight treatment for depression winter blues winter days Source Type: news

Rethinking SAD: Creating a Winter Oasis
Coping with winter: How I go beyond Vitamin D and create a winter oasis in my home.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)
Source: Psychology Today Depression Center - February 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Brad Waters Tags: Depression Happiness Resilience Self-Help coping coping with winter oasis sad seasonal affective disorder winter blues Source Type: news

What is SAD: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Mark Frye explains SAD or seasonal affective disorder. To listen, click the link below. 2014Feb04What is SADD, (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 4, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Does the season get you down? It could be SAD. Learn more by visiting the MedlinePlus Seasonal Affective Disorder topic page. (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)
Source: What's New on MedlinePlus - January 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Depression risk for workers starved of light
A charity warns that the lack of natural light is affecting workers' mental health     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - January 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: light Mental Health Research SAD sunlight seasonal affective disorder winter MHRUK Source Type: news

Winter blues: surprising causes
When the weather turns cold and daylight hours dwindle, it's easy to blame seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for a blue mood. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surprising causes of winter depression
When the weather turns cold and daylight hours dwindle, it's easy to blame seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for a blue mood. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

December Is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month
With the shortest days of the year falling in December, this is the peak time for seasonal affective disorder. Could it be a lack of sunlight that's causing your winter blues? Click through to learn more about SAD and what you can do to defeat seasonal mood changes....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Depression)
Source: About.com Depression - December 23, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Five steps to beating the January blues - starting now: From over-the-counter
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) results in low mood and lack of concentration that disrupts day-to-day life – but only at this time of year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Understanding & Coping with the Christmas Blues
The stress of the holidays triggers sadness and depression for many people. This time of year is especially difficult because there’s an expectation of feeling merry and generous. People compare their emotions to what they assume others are experiencing or what they’re supposed to feel. Then they think that they alone fall short. They judge themselves and feel like an outsider. There’re a host of things that add to stress and difficult emotions during the holidays. Finances. Not enough money or the fear of not having enough to buy gifts leads to sadness and guilt. The stress of financial hardship during ...
Source: Psych Central - December 20, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT Tags: Depression Disorders Family General Grief and Loss Holiday Coping Loneliness Stress Christmas Blues Clinical Depression Holiday Blues SAD Sadness Seasonal Affective Disorder Winter Blues Source Type: news

For some New Yorkers, beating 'winter blues' is a walk in the park
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, can be brutal for some Northeasterners when days grow short. A New York social worker has one remedy: a walk in the park.NEW YORK — Karyn Anastasio would have preferred staying in bed, ignoring the early onset of cold and darkness as she huddled in her apartment and watched TV. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - December 19, 2013 Category: Science Source Type: news

Seasonal affective disorder: could you spot the signs?
Winter is well and truly upon us. For many regions, this means miserable weather, less sunlight and darker days. Although we would much prefer our days to be filled with warmth and sunshine, many of us adapt to seasonal changes. But for others, the change in seasons may trigger a form of depression.First described in 1984 by Dr. Norman Rosenthal from the US, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal adjustment disorder, is a form of depression that can occur at certain times of the year. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Depression Source Type: news

Got the winter blues? Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins may help alleviate depression
Adding vitamins to your diet can help reduce the feeling of depression, winter blues or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). B vitamins, especially vitamin B12, have been shown to help those suffering from feelings of anxiety or depression. Simply adding nutritional supplements... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Your Partner S.A.D.?
Is your partner's mood mirroring the dropping temperatures outside? It could be S.A.D.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)
Source: Psychology Today Depression Center - November 9, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kate Thieda, MS, LPCA, NCC Tags: Depression major depression s.a.d. seasonal affective disorder winter blues Source Type: news

Beat the winter blues with these tips
With shorter days and fewer hours of sunlight available in autumn and winter, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) rears its unpleasant head in up to 20 percent of the American population. Characterized by moodiness, depression, cravings for simple carbohydrates, weight... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Halloween Candy and the Winter Blues
Could it be that some candy is actually brain food this Halloween? Just a bit won't hurt. read more (Source: Psychology Today Food and Diet Center)
Source: Psychology Today Food and Diet Center - October 28, 2013 Category: Nutrition Authors: Judith J. Wurtman, Ph.D. Tags: Depression Diet Integrative Medicine Self-Help binge eating halloween candy improved mood through carbohydrates seasonal affective disorder serotonin production Source Type: news

Winter Depression May Be Less Common Than Believed
Study on seasonal affective disorder only found weak ties between weather and mood Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Seasonal Affective Disorder (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seasonal affective disorder is 'over exaggerated'
Seasonal affective disorder is a rare phenomenon that has been exaggerated and the winter blues is down to simply not liking the cold, a study suggests.     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - August 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most people with winter blues DON'T have SAD: Study finds many who believe they have the disorder just don't like the cold
Research by Oregon State University has found that Seasonal Affective Disorder is a rare phenomenon and that its prevalence has been exaggerated. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Light Therapy: A Bright Idea
Phototherapy, also known as light therapy and light box therapy, is the use of light to treat disorders. Light therapy has become a widely used remedy for mental illnesses such as seasonal affective disorder and some research supports it benefits for sleep disturbances, depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizoaffective disorder and even premenstrual syndrome. (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - August 15, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Authors: bipolar.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Experience: I was a bartender in Antarctica
'It was pretty much a given that anyone who had applied for a job on the base was trying to escape something'Looking back, there was a clear omen of what was to come within minutes of my arrival in Antarctica. The first pallet offloaded from the plane that had brought me contained nothing but beer, and was greeted with a great cheer as it was wheeled into the research base where I was to spend the next year.I'd wanted to visit Antarctica ever since I was a child, but in the end it was a wearying job in Silicon Valley that led me to make the leap. After a particularly bad day at the office, I t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 10, 2013 Category: Science Tags: The Guardian United States US work & careers World news Food drink Money Features Cocktails Life and style Antarctica US personal finance Science Source Type: news

Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder
Light therapy for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) has been studied for some time now. Usually it comes to mind with the onset of depression in winter. But more applications have been coming to the forefront. Recently, a post on Psych Central had information about sleep and cognition improving with light therapy after brain injury. Now a researcher at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in Pittsburgh is looking further into using light therapy to treat bipolar disorder. Also known as “bright light therapy” or “phototherapy,” light therapy treats SAD by exposure to artificial light, whic...
Source: Psych Central - July 25, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Lisa A. Miles Tags: Antidepressants Atypical Antipsychotics Bipolar Clinical Trials Depression Disorders General Medications Mood Stabilizers Psychology Adult Men Bipolar Depression Brain Chemicals Brain Structures Hopkins Medical Center John Ho Source Type: news

Helping SAD Sufferers Sleep Soundly
Lying awake in bed plagues everyone occasionally, but for those with seasonal affective disorder, sleeplessness is routine. University of Pittsburgh researchers report in the Journal of Affective Disorders that individuals with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - a winter depression that leads to loss of motivation and interest in daily activities - have misconceptions about their sleep habits similar to those of insomniacs. These findings open the door for treating seasonal affective disorder similar to the way doctors treat insomnia... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sleep / Sleep Disorders / Insomnia Source Type: news

Helping People with Seasonal Affective Disorder to Sleep Better
Lying awake in bed plagues everyone occasionally, but for those with seasonal affective disorder, sleeplessness is routine. University of Pittsburgh researchers report in the Journal of Affective Disorders that individuals with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—a winter depression that leads to loss of motivation and interest in daily activities—have misconceptions about their sleep habits similar to those of insomniacs. These findings open the door for treating seasonal affective disorder similar to the way doctors treat insomnia. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - June 28, 2013 Category: Disability Tags: Sleep Disorders Source Type: news

Helping SAD sufferers sleep soundly
(University of Pittsburgh) University of Pittsburgh researchers report in the Journal of Affective Disorders that individuals with seasonal affective disorder -- a winter depression that leads to loss of motivation and interest in daily activities -- have misconceptions about their sleep habits similar to those of insomniacs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 27, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Sane New World, by Ruby Wax, review
Ruby Wax, a depressive who scorns fraudulent self-help books, has written a manual for mental health that's funny and well-researched, says fellow sufferer Allison Pearson.     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - June 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: depression mindfulness Richard E Grant mental health Louis Theroux mental illness Celebrity shark bait Ruby Wax neuroscoence Allison Pearson Sane new world seasonal affective disorder Source Type: news

Sleep attitudes impair sleep in seasonal affective disorder
Unhelpful beliefs about sleep, such as wishing for more sleep and worrying about the consequences of not getting enough sleep, are common in patients with seasonal affective disorder and contribute to disturbed sleep, study findings suggest. (Source: MedWire News - Psychiatry)
Source: MedWire News - Psychiatry - June 17, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

It's That Time of Year - Seasonal Depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder affects people in extreme latitudes during short days. Find out more about this disorder and it's treatment. (Source: About.com Mental Health)
Source: About.com Mental Health - June 5, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

Discovery Of Evolutionary Changes In The Brains Of Rats And Humans May Lead To Parkinson's Therapy
Most of us are familiar with the "winter blues," the depression-like symptoms known as "seasonal affective disorder," or SAD, that occurs when the shorter days of winter limit our exposure to natural light and make us more lethargic, irritable and anxious. But for rats it's just the opposite. Biologists at UC San Diego have found that rats experience more anxiety and depression when the days grow longer... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Parkinson's Disease Source Type: news

Mental Health Web Searches Follow SAD Trend (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Web searches for information about mental illness and problems follow patterns much like those found in seasonal affective disorder, researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - April 12, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news