SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDERS
\sˈiːzənə͡l ɐfˈɛktɪv dɪsˈɔːdəz], \sˈiːzənəl ɐfˈɛktɪv dɪsˈɔːdəz], \s_ˈiː_z_ə_n_əl ɐ_f_ˈɛ_k_t_ɪ_v d_ɪ_s_ˈɔː_d_ə_z]\
Definitions of SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDERS
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A syndrome characterized by depressions that recur annually at the same time each year, usually during the winter months. Other symptoms include anxiety, irritability, decreased energy, increased appetite (carbohydrate cravings), increased duration of sleep, and weight gain. SAD (seasonal affective disorder) can be treated by daily exposure to bright artificial lights (PHOTOTHERAPY), during the season of recurrence.
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