Seasonal Affective Disorder Statistics

(Also Known As: Seasonal Affective Statistics, Depression Statistics, SAD Statistics, Seasonal Mood Disorder Statistics)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Incidence and Prevalence of Seasonal Affective Disorder

The prevalence of seasonal affective disorder varies depending on the location, sex, and age of the patient. Seasonal affective disorder is common among people living in Northern territories where there is decreased sunlight. During the winter, the temperature is colder and could even get worst during storms. 9

Seasonal affective disorder is more prevalent in younger people than in the old. This could be attributed to the tendency of younger people to look at the times of the year as a cause for their depression. Likewise, it may also be related to biological patterns associated with aging.

In addition, seasonal affective disorder is more common in women than men. This is due to the fact that women tend to be isolated during winter. It is unlikely for men to stay at home and take care of their small children. Aside from that, women are more likely to suffer from major depression.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, 6 out of every 100 Americans experience seasonal affective disorder. 10% to 20% may suffer from mild seasonal affective disorder. It has its onset in people who are more than 20 years of age. The risk of seasonal affective disorder tends to become lower as people age. 10

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