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CAUSES OF SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a specific type of depression that occurs at the same time each year, typically in the late fall and winter. Symptoms of SAD usually begin in October or November, although they can start as early as August and as late as January. They tend to persist until March or April, with most affected reporting they do not feel completely back to normal until May.  

Primary symptoms include depression, sadness, feeling moody, oversleeping, daytime drowsiness, change in appetite, namely an increase in hunger and craving for carbohydrate, weight gain, decreased interest in normal activities, social withdrawal, difficulty concentrating, hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts.  

Check out this link for more information on potential causes of SAD.

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