Understanding the risks of Seasonal Affective Disorder

20 September 2012

People have been told how they can better prevent coming down with a condition that is known to affect many Brits each year.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of winter depression that cause problems for around seven per cent of the UK's population on an annual basis.

While the condition is present between September and April, most people are prone to being affected in the months of December, January and February.

Dr Sarah Brewer from the Henry Potter Advisory Committee acknowledged: "SAD usually recurs each year, and the diagnosis is made when someone has had three winters of symptoms, two of which are consecutive, with symptoms improving during the summer months."

In order to reduce the risk of being affected, Dr Brewer recommends getting as much light as possible during the winter months, keeping warm and opting to waking up early instead of lying in bed until the late morning.

When it comes to detecting signs of the depression, the SAD Association underlined that key symptoms include lethargy, problems with a person's sleep pattern, a constant loss of concentration and over eating.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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