Seasonal affective disorder

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What is seasonal affective disorder?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is episodes of depression that occur at a certain time of the year, usually during winter.

Common symptoms reported by people with seasonal affective disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with seasonal affective disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Blue light therapy)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
10
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (4) seasonal affective disorder (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin D Prescription)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
7
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (4) pain (1)
1 more

Data from patients with seasonal affective disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with seasonal affective disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Blue light therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal affective disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
eye pain
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation deadened emotions 11 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (4) seasonal affective disorder (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal affective disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
irritability weight gain
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain sleepiness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with irritability boredom 9 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin D Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal affective disorder (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
breathing difficulty chest pain 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) pain (1)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with seasonal affective disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has seasonal affective disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 76
30s 143
40s 185
50s 247
60s 164
70+ 39
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 172
20-29 years 92
30-39 years 75
40-49 years 54
50-59 years 17
60-69 years 4
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 150
Female 708

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 415
Not Diagnosed 147

These charts show data from seasonal affective disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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