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What increases my risk for seasonal affective disorder?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Since seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression, your risk is if you are female. It is also much more likely to onset during adolescence or early adulthood. In most cases, SAD will occur during fall and winter months, when sunlight hours are much shorter. If you live in an area of the globe - such as the far north or south - you are more likely to experience symptoms of SAD since winter is typically longer and more extreme. Family history may also play a role in your risk for developing SAD, as with other forms of depression.

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