What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

One infographic debunks common myths and misconceptions about the condition

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a depressive condition that most commonly occurs during the late autumn and winter months. 

It’s estimated that about 10 million Americans suffer from SAD. However, because a more mild variation of the condition, commonly referred to as the “winter blues”, is also prevalent among the American population, SAD can be difficult to diagnose.

Aside from snow sport enthusiasts and powder hounds who would spend their days on the slopes all year if they could, for the most part, many of us don’t embrace the (often long) winter season with much enthusiasm.

After the excitement of the holidays fades away, we’re often left with cloudy skies, freezing temperatures, and many times, a serious lack of time spent outside until spring comes along.

Maybe you’ve noticed that your energy levels drop during the winter, and that you tend to feel more tired than usual. Maybe you even feel a little bit down in the dumps.

Because it can be difficult to determine the seriousness of your seasonal sadness, and because SAD is a widely misunderstood condition, Yellowbrick, a Trauma Recovery, Addiction & Eating Disorder Treatment organization for young adults created the following infographic to help dispel some of the most common myths about the disorder.

What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder? 

(source: Yellowbrick Program)