Changing Seasons, Changing Moods: How much do you know about seasonal depression?
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?
What does the acronym SAD stand for?
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.
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
How many Americans does SAD effect?
about 1 million
about 5 million
about 10 million
True or false: SAD affects more women than men.
Which is not a common treatment for SAD?
cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
What time of day is light therapy most effective?
How often does light therapy need to be used to be effective?
How many patients who try light therapy find it effective?
Which of the following hormones is thought to play a role in SAD?
Which is not typically a symptom of summer-onset seasonal affective disorder?
loss of appetite
decreased sex drive
all of the above
Which is a symptom of winter-onset seasonal affective disorder?
feelings of hopelessness
craving carb-loaded foods
all of the above
What percent of SAD-sufferers gain weight?
What color light is thought to be most effective in treating SAD?
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?