Jan 21, 2014
By Dale Goldhawk
12:15 pm ET | Dr. Robert Levitan
GUEST – Dr. Robert Levitan, CAMH Senior Scientist and Research Head, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program,
TOPIC – SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder
INFO – Many people begin to experience symptoms of seasonal mood changes as daylight hours get shorter – usually in late fall and early winter. Most common is the winter blues, a feeling of less positivity in the winter months, which dissipates when the winter season is over. The most severe of seasonal mood change is seasonal affective disorder or SAD, which is characterized by feelings of hopelessness, lethargy and oversleeping and increases in appetite and weight gain. SAD affects more women than men: up to 80 per cent of those affected by SAD are female.