Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition in which a person
feels depressed at a certain time each year. Most people experience SAD during
the fall and winter months when days are shorter and there is less light.
The cause of SAD is not clearly known. It may be related to changes
in the amount and intensity of sunlight in the different seasons. Seasonal
affective disorder is sometimes called "the winter blues."
Treatment of SAD includes getting more sunlight, for example sitting near a window or going outside for a walk during the day. It may also include light therapy, counselling, and medicines.
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine & Alfred Lewy, MD, PhD - Psychiatry