Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a subtype of major depression related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. The symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping energy and making people feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses.
This yearly feeling may be mistaken as simply a case of the winter blues or a seasonal funk. Because in some people with bipolar disorder, spring and summer can bring on symptoms of hypomania. On the other hand, winter and autumn can be a time of depression.
You are at higher risk if:
The treatment programs available at Refresh Recovery for Seasonal Affective Disorder may include phototherapy, medications and talk therapies.