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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Time to winterize your body for the season ahead

Turning back your clocks and with temperatures dropping and sunlight fading, your system already is starting to adapt. But hibernation is not the answer.   WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune With shorter days and falling temperatures, Mother Earth is sending out a blunt, tough-love message: Time to grow more hair, bulk up with fat and […]

A New Perspective on Seasonal Mood Disorders

A New Perspective on Seasonal Mood Disorders Xiangzhong Zheng, Ph.D., 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator at the University of Pennsylvania forges a link between the internal clock and metabolism The work of a NARSAD Young Investigator could help cast a new light on how a timing system in our body responsive to the day/night cycle generated […]

The Saddest Time of Year

December 21 was the winter solstice: the shortest, hence darkest, day of the year. January 17 (some claim) is the “saddest day of the year,” factoring in bad weather, post holiday withdrawal, and the usual effect of return-to-work Mondays on our moods. I believe that this belief is false. Winter is not the saddest time […]

Biological Rhythms in Mood Disorders

Biological Rhythms in Mood Disorders Anna Wirz-Justice    INTRODUCTION Evolution has provided us with a day within, an endogenous template that anticipates the demands of the day without—the circadian system. If temporal order is essential for health, as the appropriate timing of psychological, behavioral, physiological, and hormonal rhythms with respect to the external day–night cycle […]

Ask Your Doctor: How Do I Treat Winter Depression?

If your mood gets worse as the weather gets chillier and the days get shorter, you may have “winter depression.” Here, questions to ask your doctor if winter is the saddest season for you. Why do I seem to get so gloomy each winter, or sometimes beginning in the fall? You may have what’s called […]

Latest Discovery On Why People Develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (Sad)

ScienceDaily (Sep. 9, 2008) — Why do many Canadians get the winter blues? In the first study of its kind in the living human brain, Dr. Jeffrey Meyer and colleagues at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have discovered greater levels of serotonin transporter in the brain in winter than in summer. These […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Some people suffer from symptoms of depression during the winter months, with symptoms subsiding during the spring and summer months. These symptoms may be a sign of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a mood disorder associated with depression and related to seasonal variations of light. SAD affects half a million people every winter between […]

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