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Seasonal affective disorder can last for months. Here are the signs

By Lindsey Bever

12 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

When the cold and dark months roll in, seasonal affective disorder can have a serious impact on the lives of many. The Washington Post explains how you can spot the illness and methods for treatment.

For millions of Americans, the winter months - when the days get shorter and the nights grow colder - are a time of sadness and struggle. It's called winter-pattern seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

Health experts say seasonal depression is more than just the "winter blues." Women, younger people and those with a family history of depression are most at risk, and symptoms can last as long as five months, experts said.

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