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Who gets seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine

Six in every 100 people have seasonal affective disorder or SAD. It is seen in children, teens and adults. Women are four times more likely than men to get SAD. It is seven times more likely to occur to a person living in New Hampshire than Florida. 

When people with SAD travel to warmer climates with longer daytime hours they do not get their symptoms. There are many of us who do not get SAD at all. Researchers are still trying to determine the cause of seasonal affective disorder.

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