Seasons Over Seasons

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Is the season over yet? Seasons have been around for many years and affect many people in every way. Can seasons really change the moods of several individuals? Seasons are something that no human has effect over and are not something that anyone can change with the click of a button. The world was ordered around having seasons at specific times, but who knew it could affect lives every day. Mary Pinkowish states that, “Ten million Americans suffer from winter depression,” and that is just one season out of the four. Seasonal Affect Disorder is a real disorder that affects many people who should be carefully diagnosed, should know the symptoms and signs, and should know how to treat it. Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called S.A.D) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. Most people with Seasonal Affective Disorder have symptoms that start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping energy and making someone feel moody. Less often, Seasonal Affective Disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer. Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications. Being diagnosed should be taken more seriously and carefully looked at so that people can get the appropriate resources that they need. People also need to be identified correctly when getting the right help. There are many factors that may increase one’s risk of seasonal affective disorder. Being female is one of them. Seasonal Affective Disorder is diagnosed more often in women than in men, but men may have symptoms that are more severe. Living far from the equator is another risk. Seasonal Affective Disorder appears to be more common among people who live far north or ... ... middle of paper ... ...egin treatment before symptoms would normally start in the fall or winter, and then continue treatment past the time symptoms would normally go away. If someone can get control of their symptoms before they get worse, then they may be able to head off serious changes in mood, appetite and energy levels. More information needs to be researched about the Seasonal Affective Disorder because people need to be carefully diagnosed, carefully looked at with symptoms and signs, and be treated in the most proper and helpful way there is. Seasons have been around for many years and people can not just change their lives based off of something that will always be around. This disorder is mostly found in areas farthest away from the Equator, but anyone could be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder and all precautions need to be considered when dealing with this disorder.
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