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What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Updated: Feb 28



As the days grow shorter and colder weather approaches, you may find yourself having the “winter blues,” also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a recurring disorder that usually appear when the seasons change and may cause major depressive episodes during these times.


Here are some quick facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder:


  • According to the Mayo Clinic, though symptoms usually show up in the late autumn or early winter, people with SAD may also experience episodes in the spring and summer.  This case is less common.

  • Women are four times more likely to be diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  • SAD is more common in people who live further from the equator, according to Psychology Today.

  • People between the ages of 18-30 years old may be more susceptible to SAD.


When to see a doctor:


Everyone has days when they feel low. However, if this is for a span of days at a time and you don’t enjoy hobbies or projects you usually love, see a doctor. Should your appetite or sleep pattern change, or have thoughts of hopelessness or suicide, reaching out to a professional is critical.


Believe you’re feeling symptoms of SAD? Talk to an expert doctor within the K Health app.

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