Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Information, Resources and Guidance
This site seeks to provide a rich source of informations, ideas and guidance for sufferers of Seasonal Affective
Disorder ("SAD"), or people who think that they maybe sufferers. It seeks to help them gain an understanding of the
condition and its causes. Following on from that, to take a balanced holistic approach to addressing the symptoms
through a variety of potential therapies and remedies, many of which relate to
lifestyle and personal issues. Some are fun and others may surprise you.
These include homeopathic remedies, exercise, holidays, moving
home, light therapy, music, pet therapy, self
management and social activities. In the event that symptoms are severe, then I recommend that qualified
medical advice is sought. This site is not a source of medical advice. If you are subject to medical guidance, then
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What is SAD?Generally agreed to be a defined set of symptoms which are related to sunlight levels and the seasonal variation of that
light. These symptoms may be present to a greater or lesser degree in people who have the condition. There
are various theories as to how these variations affect the body. See Causes of
Sad for more information.
This tends to be between the ages of 18 and 30 years, though many people may suffer for some time before they
realise it is a problem. The author was 45 years of age before realising that it was a problem.
Are you a Sufferer?
loss of concentration,
loss of libido,
Usually, a diagnosis is based on 3 consecutive winters of the same
Significance of Geography
People who live within the tropics - say between 30 degrees north and south of the equator
- rarely experience it. In that region, the days are of a relatively fixed length close to 12 hours or so. Also,
the intensity of light is high due to the sun’s high average altitude in the sky and relatively lower levels of
heavy cloud cover. If you live outside that region, then you may be susceptible. This is an obvious clue to one of
the potential remedies - go and live near the Equator. Outside the tropics, it is estimated that 4-6% of the
general population are sufferers, though many more - maybe 20% - present symptoms but fall outside a strict
Of course, people in the Southern Hemisphere experience the symptoms coming on in the
Southern Hemisphere autumn - that is during the Northern Hemisphere spring.
Women v Men
Indications are that female sufferers outnumber males by 4 to 1.
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