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December 17, 2017

Seasonal Affective Disorder: The Low-Down Winter Blues

December 17, 2017

Sad is a word we use to describe someone who is feeling blue. When spelled in all caps, SAD is also an acronym for a clinical condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder. People who suffer from this condition find that their mood and outlook turns negative as the days grow shorter and colder in the winter. In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast clinical psychologist Dr. Kathryn Wortz discusses diagnosing and treating SAD.


  1. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD?
  2. What are some of the signs and symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder?
  3. What is the connection with seasonality with respect to this disorder?
  4. What causes Seasonal Affective Disorder?
  5. How is SAD diagnosed?
  6. How do you know if it actually is Seasonal Affective Disorder and not just a case of the holiday blues?
  7. How is Seasonal Affective Disorder treated?
  8. Is Seasonal Affective Disorder just another form of depression or is it different?
  9. Are some people at greater risk for suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder?
  10. What about Vitamin D and SAD?
  11. If someone feels that he or she may have Seasonal Affective Disorder, or they recognize symptoms in someone else, what should they do?

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