An Introduction to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Suitable for all non-Mental Health staff

½ day 

Seasonal affective disorder or SAD; is a type of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. SAD was formally described and named in 1984 by Norman E. Rosenthal and colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health (USA). In the DSM –V it is no longer classified as a unique mood disorder, but is a specifier for recurrent major depressive disorder called with a seasonal pattern that occurs at a specific time of the year and fully remits otherwise. SAD is commonly known as a winter depression or the winter blues however it can occur in springtime.

This session will enable participants to gain an understanding of:

  • What seasonal affective disorder is?
  • Prevalence in the population
  • Common misconceptions
  • Symptoms
  • Treatment options.

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