Advertisement

Is seasonal affective disorder serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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.

Continue Learning about Seasonal Affective Disorder

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder: 4 Treatments That Help
Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder: 4 Treatments That Help
While the cooler temperatures and shorter days of fall and winter mean relief from summer heat and sun, they can, for some people, bring changes in mo...
Read More
Seasonal Depression in Teens: Is It the Winter Blues or Something More Serious?
Seasonal Depression in Teens: Is It the Winter Blues or Something More Serious?
The winter holidays are a joyous time for many teens: they’re out of school and opportunities to celebrate and spend time with friends and loved ones ...
Read More
What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
Is Vitamin D Associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Is Vitamin D Associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.