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Winter is coming, and with it comes more than just colder temperatures. Each year, about 0.5 – 3% of people in North America meet criteria for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a temporal pattern of major depressive episodes usually presenting with atypical symptoms such as mood reactivity, hypersomnia, weight gain, and carbohydrate craving.
The condition was first identified in the early 1980s when psychiatrists Norman Rosenthal, Al Lewy, and Peter Mueller recognized seasonal patterns in the depressive episodes of their patients. They reasoned that the darkness of winter months suppressed melatonin, a chemical partially responsible for physical manifestations of depression: imbalances of eating, sleeping, weight control, and libido (Rosenthal, 2013).
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