Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to changes in the seasons. Most often affecting people in the fall through spring months, it can have a profound effect on a person’s mood and energy levels.
In Canada, SAD affects about three per cent of Canadians each year.
Often, this disorder affects children and teenagers, with women at greater risk. Additionally, people with a history of depression in their family have a higher risk of experiencing SAD in their lifetime.
Those affected by SAD may feel like isolating themselves until a change in seasons occurs, but there are ways to minimize its symptoms.
Meet with a healthcare practitioner. SAD is a treatable disorder, and a qualified healthcare practitioner can help identify ideal treatment options. Healthcare practitioners can provide resources to build resilience prior to months when SAD is at its peak:
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