Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

  1. 1. Asli Topcu HMDS 101
  2. 2. Definition: <ul><li>“ Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression most often associated with the lack of daylight in extreme northern and southern latitudes from the late fall to the early spring.” (Dinsmoor) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Symptoms of SAD: <ul><li>Increased need for sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease of energy level </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in appetite and weight </li></ul><ul><li>Being in depression </li></ul>
  4. 4. When do symptoms begin and resolve? <ul><li>Generally beginning of the fall symptoms start. </li></ul><ul><li>It reaches to the highest point in the winter. </li></ul><ul><li>It starts to decline or resolve in spring. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where does it occur? <ul><li>Countries that has less sunlight during the year especially fall and winter. These are Nordic countries, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Greenland. </li></ul>
  6. 6. An alternative treatment – Light Therapy: <ul><li>The low level of vitamin D in the human body causes this disorder. The light therapy helps the body to produce more vitamin Ds for the cure. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Light Therapy (cont.): <ul><li>Patients can use various types of light boxes fort hr therapy by the advise from a doctor. </li></ul><ul><li>Patients can increase the level of vitamin D in their bodies by sitting in front of it for a certain amount of time. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bibliography: <ul><li>http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ncpamd.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.answers.com/topic/seasonal-affective-disorder </li></ul>

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