Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Are The Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder?

An individual suffering from seasonal affective disorder will experience symptoms that recur during similar seasons annually. For some people, the manifestations appear during the latter period of fall or early portion of winter and will disappear during the summer. In some individuals, the pattern is completely the opposite, the onset of the symptoms of seasonal affective takes place at the start of the spring or summer season. In both cases, the problems begin mildly and get worse as the season wears on.

Symptoms of Winter Depression

  • The person suffering from seasonal affective disorder experiences depression.
  • There is hopelessness on the part of the individual
  • The individual suffering from seasonal affective disorder has anxiety
  • The individual with seasonal affective disorder shows loss of energy
  • Social withdrawal
  • The individual suffering from seasonal affective disorder has the tendency to oversleep
  • There is absence of interest in usual activities enjoyed
  • Change in appetite, craving for carbohydrates-rich food
  • Weight gain
  • There is trouble in focusing and processing information

Summer Depression

  • The patient experiences anxiety
  • The individual suffering from seasonal affective disorder has insomnia
  • They have the tendency to be irritable
  • The individual suffering from the condition feels agitated
  • Weight loss
  • The patient has poor appetite
  • The individual suffering from seasonal affective disorder has an increased sex drive

Reverse SAD

Reverse SAD is a condition wherein the individual does not feel depressed but rather shows signs of mania or hypomania during the summer months. The symptoms of the condition include:

  • Persistently high mood
  • Increased social activity
  • The patient suffering from reverse seasonal affective disorder is hyperactive
  • The enthusiasm of the individual is inappropriate to the situation

Could You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Adjustment Disorder – psychological response to a known stressor, emotional changes
Anxiety Disorder NOS – pathological fear and anxiety, chronic anxiety, panic disorder, phobias
Bipolar Disorder – psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, suicide, hypomania, hypermania