Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

With the change in season from summer to fall, many people experience seasonal affective disorder
(SAD). SAD is a form of depression that occurs at particular periods of the year, each year. The
majority of those with SAD experience this depression during fall and winter season, however, some
people experience it during spring or summer months.
Symptoms of SAD may include a seasonal pattern of:
• Sadness
• Emotional sensitivity
• Increased sleep
• Increased appetite (particularly to carbohydrate-rich foods)
• Increased weight (from overeating)
• Physical fatigue
• Decreased appetite and insomnia (in those with spring or summer SAD)
Therapy can help reduce SAD symptoms.