What is it?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that results from seasonal changes.

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SAD: Know the facts

It is a more common disorder that can last several months. Also referred to as “SAD.” SAD is more common for those between the ages of 18 and 35 and more common in females. Symptoms can include oversleeping, sleepiness during the daylight hours, low energy, trouble concentrating, low to no motivation to exercise, carbohydrate cravings, weight gain, withdrawal from social situations, and a down, depressed mood during specific months. Your medical doctor or mental health professional can help with diagnosing the disorder.

In terms of treating the symptoms, there are several options. You can exercise, talk with your doctor about over-the-counter options such as Vitamin D, investing in a light box, getting outside more, and being more active with friends. Other options include talking with your doctor about a prescribed medication, meditation and/or scheduling an initial session with a mental health professional.

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Jonathan Beyer

Doctor Beyer

Dr. Beyer has been helping individuals and families as a psychologist in the Duluth area for over 30 years and has been a licensed psychologist in Minnesota since 1992. After receiving his licensing he spent nearly a decade helping at-risk youth, and their families, with behavioral and emotional challenges.

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