Assessment
Questionnaire

Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
 
News » Seasonal affective disorder: a winter illness
 

Seasonal affective disorder: a winter illness

Winter depression, or Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a mental illness that follows climatic changes, with sufferers experiencing extreme depression during the long, dark, cold days of Winter and resolution in Spring. ‘Winter blues’ is a milder case of depressed mood due to the season change in light. SAD is believed to be linked to levels of melatonin, a hormone that is influenced by light, which promotes sleep. Sufferers generally experience a loss of interest, problems with sleeping and eating, irritability and a pervasive depressed mood. Doctors commonly prescribe light therapy, where the patient spends a required amount of time exposed to light, and antidepressants.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Poughkeepsie Journal.com

Related Disease Topics:

Related Symptom Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Seasonal affective disorder: a winter illness

Date: 23 October 2005

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal.com

Author: Rebecca Imperati

URL: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051023/NEWS06/510230313/1006/NEWS01

Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • New anthrax test proven to be accurate and very quick
  • New antiviral treatment proposed for asthmatics
  • New appetite suppressant has good results
  • New asthma drug has novel approach
  • New beta blocker safer for treating high blood pressure in diabetics
  • New bipolar drug subsidized by the Australian government
  • New bladder cancer surgery technique carries fewer risks
  • New blood pressure drugs overwhelmingly more effective than older drugs
  • New blood test enable diagnosis of Devic's syndrome
  • New blood vessel plaque removal system results in better outcomes.
  • New bowel cancer screening anticipates greater participation
  • New BPH drug has fewer side effects
  • New brain cancer treatment improves prognosis
  • New breakthrough in spinal cord injury recovery
  •  

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise