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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday's Psychology Trivia Answer: Seasonal Affective Disorder Can Strike In Any Season



Thought for the Day: Some children are already back in school others are anticipating starting back after this weekend, making this a busy time for everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and savor the end of summer.

On Tuesday's Psychology Trivia Question we asked:
True or False: 10 percent of those diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder suffer symptoms at the brightest time of the year. 

The answer is True. Although most people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) have are depressed during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight, some people find summer months difficult. In an article, Got the Summer Blues? 5 Ideas That May Help, associate editor of PsychCentral reports that:

"For many people, the summer months are the most difficult. In fact, 10 percent of those diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder suffer symptoms at the brightest time of the year. The summer’s brutal heat, bright light, and long days can contribute to depression for the opposite reasons that the winter does. Like typical SAD, the change of light can affect a person’s circadium rhythm, which may disturb overall health and sleep patterns."

As we rapidly move into fall and then winter the other 90% of people who suffer from SAD may want to get their sun lamps ready!

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