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  • Writer's pictureAngel Ianakiev

What is Seasonal Affective Depressive Disorder (SADD)?

During the darker autumn and winter months, many people begin to experience Seasonal Affective Depressive Disorder (SADD). This is especially true for those who live farther away from the equator. SADD is a type of depression where one's mood and energy levels may fall based on recurring seasonal patterns, affecting one's feelings and behaviors. Experts even say that SADD may hit harder this year because of people still experiencing the lingering psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. SADD is not a separate depressive disorder, but it is a type of depression that is recurrent with the seasonal patterns and have symptoms lasting between 4 and 5 months.

Women are more prone to men to experience SADD and it is also more common in individuals who have major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder.

Symptoms include:

-Fatigue and lack of energy

-Sadness and feeling depressed most of the day, every day

-Carbohydrate cravings and weight gain

-Feelings of hopeless and worthlessness

-Trouble concentrating

-Sleeping problems

-Feeling irritated and agitated

-Loss of interest and withdrawal

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