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Summer affective disorder

Summer affective disorder: Introduction

Summer affective disorder: Seasonal affective disorder is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter or, less frequently, in the summer, repeatedly, year after year. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Summer affective disorder is available below.

Symptoms of Summer affective disorder

  • Excessive sleep
  • Have little energy
  • Crave sweets and starchy foods
  • Feeling melancholic
  • Depressive episodes at a particular time of the year
  • more symptoms...»

Treatments for Summer affective disorder

Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Summer affective disorder?

Summer affective disorder: Related Patient Stories

Alternative Treatments for Summer affective disorder

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Summer affective disorder may include:

Summer affective disorder: Complications

Review possible medical complications related to Summer affective disorder:

  • Most people with SAD experience major depressive disorder, but as many as 20% may have or may go on to develop a bipolar or manic-depressive disorder
  • more complications...»

Causes of Summer affective disorder

  • Lack of serotonin, and serotonin polymorphisms could play a role in SAD
  • Another theory is that the cause may be related to melatonin which is produced in dim light and darkness by the pineal gland
  • Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related to light
  • Mutation of a gene expressing melanopsin has been implicated in the risk of having Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • more causes...»

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Summer affective disorder: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Summer affective disorder

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Summer affective disorder: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Summer affective disorder

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Summer affective disorder: Rare Types

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Summer affective disorder: Broader Related Topics

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