Is seasonal affective disorder serious?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can be very serious to those who suffer from it. Like most illnesses, there are varying degrees of the intensity of the disorder. For someone who has very intense SAD, it can affect the work and home lives dramatically. Fortunately, most who suffer don't have major impacts in their quality of life. For those who have SAD that disrupts their lives, modern medicine can help restore their baseline.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression and can absolutely be serious if left untreated. Over time, without medication and other treatments, symptoms of SAD can deteriorate from simple lethargy to complete social withdrawal. Individuals with SAD may also end up experiencing suicidal thoughts or behavior, substance abuse or problems at work or school. It is very important to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. Early treatment can help to prevent these complications.

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