Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a class of depression that fluctuates with the seasons, often starting in the autumn or early winter and easing during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer exist but are much less commonly reported than winter episodes of SAD.
Symptoms of the Winter Pattern of SAD May Include:
Symptoms of the Less Frequently Occurring Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder Pattern Include:
Attributes that may increase your risk of SAD include:
The causes of SAD are unknown, but research has found some biological clues.
There are four primary types of treatment for SAD:
These treatments may be used individually or in combination. Both ketamine and TMS address the brain areas most commonly associated with depression. Ketamine works chemically, while TMS works electromagnetically to rewire the brain, diverting regions and actions closely linked with depressive disorders.
No two people are affected the same way by SAD, and there is no “one–size–fits–all” treatment. Finding the best treatment for you may take trial and error. At Cambridge Biotherapies™, we take time to understand the nature of each person’s symptoms and collaboratively decide which treatment will be most likely to help. Reach out to us for more information.