Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that appears in fall and winter and improves when spring arrives.
Symptoms of SAD include:
People with seasonal bipolar disorder – about 20% of people with bipolar – experience worse symptoms in the fall and winter months, but this is not the same as SAD. A person with SAD experiences only depression, whereas a person with seasonal bipolar experiences both manic and depressive episodes, which get worse with the changing weather.
However, it is more likely for a person with bipolar to go through a depressive episode during fall and winter.
Learn more about SAD below.
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