Seasonal affective disorder: Part 1 – history, epidemiology, aetiology and diagnosis

by Professor John M. Eagles and Dr Allen J. Shand

 

Last reviewed: June 2019

 

The idea that our well-being fluctuates with the seasons has been around for literally thousands of years, but it was only in the late 1980s that Norman Rosenthal and colleagues gave a name to seasonal affective disorder or SAD.

 

In this module, we will look at:

 

  • the history and evolution of SAD

 

  • the epidemiology and aetiology of SAD

 

  • symptoms of SAD and diagnosis.

 

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Please note that this module does not cover the management of SAD. However, it is designed to be read in conjunction with the second module: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Part 2 management which covers the management of SAD in detail.

 

 

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