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Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. Millions of adults in the U.S. may suffer from seasonal affective disorder, although many may not know they have the condition, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Signs and symptoms can include:
Because other types of depression or other mental health conditions can cause similar symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose seasonal affective disorder. Treatment for seasonal affective disorder can include light therapy, medications and psychotherapy.
The specific cause of seasonal affective disorder remains unknown. Some factors that may come into play include:
Seasonal affective disorder is diagnosed more often in women than in men. And it occurs more frequently in younger adults than in older adults.
Other factors that may increase your risk include:
Connect with others talking about seasonal affective disorder in the Depression & Anxiety support group on Mayo Clinic Connect, an online patient community moderated by Mayo Clinic.
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