Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Symptoms and signs

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The most important aspect of symptoms of seasonal affective disorder are in their cyclic occurrence, appearing in autumn, lasting through winter and disappearing in spring.
Mild depression start with the start of autumn.
With the progress of the winter the seasonal affective disorder worsens with severe depression.
With appearance of spring the condition improves and the depression disappears.
The individual becomes healthy and perfectly normal.

Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder

The symptoms of the winter-onset depression are as follows.
  • lack of energy
  • tired feeling
  • lethargy
  • sleepiness
  • disturbed sleep
  • oversleeping without getting refreshed
  • change in individual's sleep patterns
  • requiring afternoon naps
  • loss of libido
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • tension
  • phobias
  • melancholy
  • feeling of guilt
  • feeling of despair
  • depression
  • hopelessness
  • irritability
  • pains
  • headaches
  • palpitation
  • social withdrawal
  • weeping
  • mood swings
  • craving for sweets and starchy food
  • weight gain
  • apathy
  • lack of concentration
  • loss of interest in group activities
  • menstrual problems
Some people apart from the winter-onset disorder, get it in the summer also. This is reverse disorder. The differentiation is as follows.
  • bursts of energy
  • increased and annoying social activity
  • symptoms of elevated moods
  • hyperactivity
  • over enthusiasm
Some people experience the opposite of winter pattern. They get summer-onset disorder, the depression starting with the onset of spring. Some of the indicators are as follows.
  • insomnia
  • poor appetite
  • weight loss
  • increased libido
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • mental agitation
  • weeping
This disorder must be diagnosed and treated, as in severe cases the individuals may get suicidal tendencies.
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