disorders - Seasonal
This disorder has the same characteristics as the major depressive disorder.
The difference is that in this disorder, the mood is dependent on the
weather. People with this disorder experience a depressed mood in de
autumn and the winter. The exact cause is not known, but it is known
that light therapy is an effective treatment. This treatment exposes
the patient to an enormous amount of light to simulate sunlight.
In the autumn and winter a lot of people feel a little depressed. Especially
in the christmas-period a lot of people are depressed. But it normally
does not last almost the whole autumn and winter..
People who have this disorder are depressed almost every day for several
weeks. The difference with major depressive disorder is that in seasonal
affective disorder, this depressed period only emerges in autumn or