11 Facts About Seasonal Affective Disorder

seasonal affective disorder

Have you heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder? Maybe you suffer from it and you didn’t even know. Or if you have heard of it, you didn’t look too much into it.

It makes people feel the same way as if they were depressed (it’s a form of depression). Either way, we are here to tell you 11 things you might have not known about Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). 

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder is often related to the “Winter Blues”, but it can affect people in the summer as well. It’s less common, but people with S.A.D usually either feel it in the early winter or the early summer.
  • Approximately 3% of people in the US suffer from clinical S.A.D. That’s 10 million people.
  • About 10% of people in the US suffer from it in a mild form.
  • The average age people develop S.A.D is 23 years old.
  • Over 80% of people that suffer form S.A.D are women.
  • Besides light therapy, people use antidepressants, natural supplements and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat it.
  • People with S.A.D usually want to eat more and have cravings for things high in carbs like pasta.
  • Surprisingly, there isn’t a higher risk for people that live in Alaska (9% of the population), where they see little to no sun in the winter.
  • North Americans suffer twice as much as people in Europe.
  • Some supplement ways of curing it include getting more vitamin B, St. John’s Wort, and fish oil.
  • Eating junk food could make S.A.D worse

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Have you heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder?

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