Families & Health

Are there tests to tell me if it is SAD?

A physician or mental health professional is your best source to determine this. Perhaps because most patients tend to minimize their emotional problems, primary care physicians routinely fail to diagnose nearly one half of all patients who present with depression and other mental health problems.

Therefore, the more information you give to your doctor, the better treatment you may receive.
To help you learn more about your depression, you can use the research-validated Seasonal Pattern Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ).

Print it out, fill in your information to track your symptoms, and take it to your doctor or counselor.

Download the questionnaire

Is Seasonal Depression common?

Studies show that 4 to 9 percent of the US population experience symptoms of SAD during their lifetime, with as many as 30 percent at northern latitudes. SAD usually starts in young adulthood and is four times more common in females than in males. However, experts believe that many men suffer from this mood disorder, but are less likely to seek help than women.

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