Guest Post Courtesy of the Xtend-Life Blog
Are you one of the millions globally who dread this time of year? Not because of the false merry jingles already blaring from shops stocked with Christmas goodies, or because of the surfeit of talentless ‘talent’ shows on TV! What I am talking about is a disorder which appears as the days shorten and darken and the weather turns gloomy and cool. S.A.D – ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder‘. What is S.A.D – Seasonal Affective Disorder? According to Medicinenet , S.A.D is a type of winter depression affecting a minimum 4% of adults living mostly in the Northern latitudes. The Cleveland Clinic claims that nearly 10 % of Alaska residents suffer from SAD, while in the USA an additional 10 to 20 % of the population suffers from a milder form of SAD called ‘Winter-onset seasonal affective disorder’ or ‘wintertime blues’. S.A.D can begin at any age with the average onset age being 23 years old. It appears more common in women than men, though hard proof of that is scarce as men prefer not to openly report to being depressed. Interestingly, although ‘S.A.D’ as a ‘disorder’ has only been recognised by the medical profession in the last few decades, the phenomena is not new. In fact the ‘father of modern medicine Hippocrates noted that a ‘melancholia’ occurred when the seasonal light patterns changed.
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