seasonal affective disorder

noun

Definition of seasonal affective disorder

: depression that tends to recur chiefly during the late fall and winter and is associated with shorter hours of daylight abbreviation SAD

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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.

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Some people also deal with a condition known as summer-onset seasonal affective disorder (commonly referred to as reverse SAD or summer SAD), a type of depression that follows a seasonal pattern specific to the spring and summer. Anna Borges, SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Gets Depressed in the Summer," 21 June 2019 Learning more about these adaptations could help scientists better understand and possibly treat seasonal affective disorders, or even design drugs to help astronauts headed to Mars adjust their circadian rhythms to a longer night. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes," 20 June 2019 This finding could help researchers unravel disorders that involve disrupted biological clocks, such as insomnia, seasonal affective disorder, and perhaps even depression. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How reindeer evolved to survive freezing Arctic winters," 20 June 2019 There are several different forms of depression (like dysthymia, postpartum depression, or seasonal affective disorder), but major depressive disorder is typically the form that most people are familiar with. D. Elizabeth, SELF, "This Is Why Michelle Williams Checked Into Treatment for Her Mental Health This Summer," 24 Oct. 2018 The Elder Statesman makes the softest cashmere sweaters in all sorts of colors to beat seasonal affective disorder. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "19 Vogue Editors Share Their Ideal Holiday Travel Outfit," 15 Nov. 2018 Performers call the New York Public Library home for this particular installment of the regular comedy series, promising a cure for seasonal affective disorder. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "Comedy in NYC This Week," 8 Feb. 2018 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. Beth Mccoll, SELF, "A Shout Out to Anyone Who Deals With Depression in the Summer," 6 July 2018 Last winter, Golden learned that there was a reason for her summertime sadness: Her therapist told her she likely had seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Seasonal Depression Doesn't Just Happen in the Winter. Here's What to Know About Summertime Sadness," 5 June 2018

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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seasonal affective disorder

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English Language Learners Definition of seasonal affective disorder

medical : an illness that makes people feel sad and tired during the winter because there is less light during the day

seasonal affective disorder

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sea·​son·​al affective disorder | \ ˌsēz-ᵊn-əl- How to pronounce seasonal affective disorder (audio) \

Medical Definition of seasonal affective disorder

: depression that tends to recur each year chiefly during the late fall and winter and is associated with shorter hours of daylight abbreviation SAD

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