seasonal affective disorder

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seasonal affective disorder

n. Abbr. SAD
A mood disorder in which abnormal moods occur in a regular seasonal pattern, such as depression during the short days of winter. It is sometimes classified as a specific subtype of major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder.

seasonal affective disorder

n
(Psychology) a state of depression sometimes experienced by people in winter, thought to be related to lack of sunlight. Abbreviation: SAD

sea′sonal affec′tive disor′der


n.
recurrent winter depression characterized by oversleeping, overeating, and irritability and relieved by the arrival of spring or by light therapy. Abbr.: SAD
[1980–85]

seasonal affective disorder

(SAD) A condition resulting from changes in the body’s level of the hormone melatonin. The level varies seasonally: it is higher in winter and lower in summer, when increased daylight inhibits its production. Symptoms include tiredness and depression.
Translations
dépression hivernale
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