Week of February 10, 2017 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Perception/Myth: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) only occurs in the cold and gloomy winter months.
While it’s true that the peak of the SAD season is between December and February, SAD symptoms can start as early as September and end as late as April. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, summertime sadness, or seasonal depression, is a mood disorder subset in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter, spring or summer months.
Seasonal affective disorder is a subtype of major depression that comes and goes based on seasons. So symptoms of major depression may be part of SAD, such as:
Fall and winter SAD
Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD, sometimes called winter depression, may include:
Source: Mayo Clinic