Podcast 736: Seasonal Affective Disorder - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 736: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Contributor: Adam Barkin, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) a form of seasonal depression which can result in trouble sleeping, concentration difficulties, changes in appetite, and decreased mood
  • SAD is a common condition affecting millions of people in the US
  • Coupling this with the stresses of COVID, these affects may be compounded
  • To reduce the effects of SAD:
    • Stick to a routine
    • Exercise
    • Light therapy
    • Engage with your community
    • Meditation
    • Tangible bucket list to set goals for the winter
    • Nostalgic activity


Melrose S. Seasonal Affective Disorder: An Overview of Assessment and Treatment Approaches. Depress Res Treat. 2015;2015:178564. doi:10.1155/2015/178564

Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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