affective disorder


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Recent Examples on the Web Seasonal affective disorder is triggered by a change in seasons. Popular Science, "Can a happy lamp help cure your winter blues?," 24 Jan. 2021 Seasonal affective disorder is a subtype of major depressive disorder that displays a seasonal pattern. Washington Post, "Why it’s so hard to identify seasonal depression in kids, and how to help," 28 Dec. 2020 Seasonal affective disorder, also known by its apt acronym, SAD, is a form of depression that some people get for a few months each year, most commonly during the late fall and winter months, as the days shorten. Ryan Prior, CNN, "How to guard against seasonal affective disorder in the pandemic's winter months," 14 Oct. 2020 Here, experts break down what season affective disorder is, and how best to treat it, along with depression-like symptoms, in the time of COVID-19. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder Amid the Pandemic," 11 Nov. 2020 Seasonal affective disorder occurs when longer nights throw off peoples' circadian rhythms and lead to depression and tiredness, among other symptoms of listlessness. Matt Jancer, Wired, "15 Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad—Wherever They Are This Year," 6 Nov. 2020 Seasonal affective disorder could hit particularly hard this year, especially after months of social distancing and limited contact with family or large groups. Ryan Prior, CNN, "How to guard against seasonal affective disorder in the pandemic's winter months," 14 Oct. 2020 The implications will be far-reaching, as a lack of coherence on what neural systems are involved in fear and fear learning will hinder scientific progress, including the study of human affective disorders such as PTSD, anxiety and panic disorder. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019 Bush's son previously said his father had been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder and had expressed irrational fears in the past. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kroger shooting suspect is now competent to stand trial," 27 Oct. 2018

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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