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How do other illnesses affect seasonal affective disorder?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) heavily affects one's mood and energy levels, which may be exacerbated if the individual also has another illness. During the winter months especially, someone with SAD will be more susceptible to getting the flu, which will also be taxing on energy levels. Treatments for other illnesses may interact or conflict with SAD treatments, so it is important to consult your doctor before taking any new medication. SAD symptoms, during periods of illness, may reach more severe levels so it is important find treatment quickly.

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