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What Causes Seasonal Affective Disorder? (And How Do You Treat It?)

Shed some light on the winter SAD.

Also known as Depressive Order With Seasonal Pattern, Seasonal Affective Disorder is diagnosable mental illness a lot of people have to grapple with, especially in the winter (though people can experience it in any season). Reactions, a series from the American Chemical Society, shared a video where they explain the symptoms of SAD, the science behind how light affects your mood, and some possible treatments.

As they say in the video, people respond to different treatments and definitely consult a qualified professional if you’re feeling more than just the “occasional winter blues.” How do you stay cheery in the winter?

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