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THE FACTS ABOUT Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Quiz

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 Please take the following quiz to see if you are knowledgeable about seasonal affective disorder also commonly known as SAD. Do you know the symptoms, risk factors and treatments for this disorder? For additional information, please contact a St. Joseph Mercy Oakland primary care physician to learn more.

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 Common symptoms of the SAD include:

a)      Feelings of Depression, Hopelessness and Anxiety

b)      Fatigue and Oversleeping

c)      Appetite Changes and Weight Gain

d)     All of the above

 

The answer is d) All of the above. SAD is a type of depression and can severely diminish an individual’s quality of life. However, you don’t need to dread fall or winter because there are steps and treatments that you can take to mediate these symptoms.

 

True or False? The specific cause of SAD remains unknown.

a)      True

b)      False

 

The answer is a) True. As is similar with other mental health conditions, genetics, age and your body's natural chemical makeup are factors that contribute to developing SAD. Additionally, your circadian rhythm and melatonin and serotonin levels, which may be altered due to seasonal change, also play a role.

 

Physicians often recommend all of the following treatments for individuals for SAD except for:

 

a)      Light Therapy

b)      Psychotherapy

c)      Time off from Routine Activities

d)     Medications

 

The answer is c) Time off from Routine Activities. Physicians recommend that you continue all of your daily activities and routines. They urge you to continue to engage in social activities. Additionally your doctor may also prescribe light therapy, psychotherapy and medications to successfully manage SAD.

 

In milder cases, small steps such as spending more time outdoors or sitting closer to bright windows while at home or in the office may help.

 

Did you know that if you St. Joseph Mercy Oakland for an appoint before noon you can see a doctor at St. Joe’s the very same day? It’s true. With the St. Joe’s Same Day Appointment Program, you can call 800.372.6094 to schedule an appointment to see a St. Joe doctor the very same day. 

 

 

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