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Yes, there is such a thing as seasonal affective disorder (sometimes referred to as seasonal depression), which is a type of depression that typically peaks in the winter months and subsides in the spring and summer.
Last winter, Golden learned that there was a reason for her summertime sadness: Her therapist told her she likely had seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Some people with seasonal affective disorder choose to wear yellow-tinted glasses to feel better, and others have used light therapy that gives them the feeling of standing outside on a pleasant sunny day.
The arrival of cold, dark days triggers seasonal affective disorder.
Yellow's mood-improving traits can be assumed to help seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that occurs each year during fall and winter, believed to be influenced by lack of sunlight, or the color yellow.
Supporters of the proposal, however, included groups representing cricket players, people with seasonal affective disorder, pub owners, dog breeders and environmentalists.
The darker hours also can impact those with depression and seasonal affective disorder.
Many of us are aware that not getting enough daylight can cause seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.
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Did You Know?
Seasonal affective disorder hasn't been recognized as a medical condition for very long, and the term has only become part of the general English vocabulary during the past three decades or so (its earliest documented appearance in print dates from 1983). "Seasonal affective disorder" (abbreviated SAD) is also sometimes called "Winter Depression" and some researchers describe it as a "hibernation reaction" in which sensitive individuals react to the decreasing amounts of light and the colder temperatures of fall and winter.
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER Defined for English Language Learners
seasonal affective disorder
Definition of seasonal affective disorder for English Language Learners
medical : an illness that makes people feel sad and tired during the winter because there is less light during the day
medical Definition of seasonal affective disorder
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