Changing Seasons, Changing Moods: How much do you know about seasonal depression?
by Staff
While we may not think think twice about mentioning our irritable cabin fever or restless summertime blues, boredom is not a symptom of seasonal depression. Test your knowledge of the illness in our quiz.

How many Americans suffer from mild winter depression?

  • 1 to 5 percent
  • 5 to 10 percent
  • 10 to 20 percent

What type of mental disorder is depression?

  • mood
  • personality
  • impulse

What does the acronym SAD stand for?

  • september-april depression
  • seasonal affective disorder
  • seasonal anxiety disorder

What is SAD?

  • a form of depression that happens seasonally
  • a form of severe depression that lasts for two or more years
  • a subtype of schizophrenia

True or false: The farther away from the equator you live, the higher your risk of developing SAD.

  • true
  • false

During which months do the symptoms of winter-onset SAD peak?

  • September, October, November
  • December, January, February
  • March, April, May
  • June, July, August

SAD is depression linked to what trigger?

  • the amount of daylight
  • cold temperatures
  • hot temperatures

How many Americans does SAD effect?

  • about 1 million
  • about 5 million
  • about 10 million

True or false: SAD affects more women than men.

  • true
  • false

Which is not a common treatment for SAD?

  • cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
  • light therapy
  • electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • drug therapy

What time of day is light therapy most effective?

  • morning
  • afternoon
  • evening

How often does light therapy need to be used to be effective?

  • hourly
  • daily
  • weekly
  • monthly

How many patients who try light therapy find it effective?

  • 25 percent
  • 65 percent
  • 85 percent

Which of the following hormones is thought to play a role in SAD?

  • adrenalin
  • insulin
  • melatonin

Which is not typically a symptom of summer-onset seasonal affective disorder?

  • loss of appetite
  • decreased sex drive
  • agitation
  • all of the above

Which is a symptom of winter-onset seasonal affective disorder?

  • feelings of hopelessness
  • weight gain
  • craving carb-loaded foods
  • all of the above

What percent of SAD-sufferers gain weight?

  • 30
  • 50
  • 75

What color light is thought to be most effective in treating SAD?

  • blue
  • yellow
  • violet

What are two types of light therapy?

  • bright light treatment and UVB phototherapy
  • bright light treatment and dawn simulation
  • dawn simulation and UVB phototherapy

When was seasonal affective disorder first recognized as a form of depression?

  • 1884
  • 1964
  • 1984