Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to seasonal changes. People with SAD usually begin to experience feelings of hopelessness, sadness and lack of interest in activities, starting in the fall and winter. Though it is less common, some people with SAD begin to feel symptoms in the spring and early summer.
Some people may try to soothe SAD symptoms with drug and alcohol abuse, but substance abuse usually exacerbates mental health conditions. If you have SAD, you aren’t alone, and treatment is available.
Assessing Your Risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you’re concerned that you have SAD, you can take our confidential and free self-assessment to figure out whether your symptoms indicate that you have SAD. Please bear in mind that this quiz is not an official diagnosis as only a medical professional can diagnose this condition. The assessments may help you better understand your symptoms and give you some ideas for a discussion with your therapist or doctor.