seasonal affective disorder

sea·son·al affective disorder .sēz-ən-əl- n depression that tends to recur as the days grow shorter during the fall and winter abbr. SAD

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(SAD) a cyclically recurring mood disorder characterized by depression, extreme lethargy, increased need for sleep, hyperphagia, and carbohydrate craving; it intensifies in one or more specific seasons, most commonly the winter months, and is hypothesized to be related to melatonin levels. In DSM-IV terminology called mood disorder with seasonal pattern.

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  • seasonal affective disorder — n. a disorder characterized by mental depression, the recurrence of which is associated with the shorter periods of daylight during the winter months …   English World dictionary

  • Seasonal affective disorder — Infobox Disease Name = PAGENAME Caption = Light therapy lamp for Seasonal Affective Disorder DiseasesDB = 11910 ICD10 = ICD9 = ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = 001532 eMedicineSubj = eMedicineTopic = MeshID = D016574 Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) …   Wikipedia

  • seasonal affective disorder — noun : depression that tends to recur with the shortening length of day during the fall and winter months abbreviation SAD * * * noun [noncount] medical : an illness that makes people feel sad and tired during the winter because there is less… …   Useful english dictionary

  • seasonal affective disorder — N UNCOUNT Seasonal affective disorder is a feeling of tiredness and sadness that some people have during the autumn and winter when there is very little sunshine. The abbreviation SAD is often used …   English dictionary

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder —    (SAD)    See Depression: Recent Concepts: seasonal affective disorder (1984) …   Historical dictionary of Psychiatry

  • seasonal affective disorder — seasonal af.fective dis order n [U] an illness that makes people feel sad and tired in winter, because there is not enough light from the sun = ↑SAD …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • seasonal affective disorder — seasonal af fective dis,order noun uncount an illness that affects some people during the time of year when there is very little light from the sun and that makes them feel tired and unhappy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • seasonal affective disorder — noun Date: 1983 depression that tends to recur as the days grow shorter during the fall and winter abbreviation SAD …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • seasonal affective disorder — recurrent winter depression characterized by oversleeping, overeating, and irritability, and relieved by the arrival of spring or by light therapy. Abbr.: SAD [1980 85] * * * …   Universalium

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