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Seasonal Affective Disorder

"Seasonal Affective Disorder" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

A syndrome characterized by depressions that recur annually at the same time each year, usually during the winter months. Other symptoms include anxiety, irritability, decreased energy, increased appetite (carbohydrate cravings), increased duration of sleep, and weight gain. SAD (seasonal affective disorder) can be treated by daily exposure to bright artificial lights (PHOTOTHERAPY), during the season of recurrence.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Seasonal Affective Disorder" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Seasonal Affective Disorder" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 34 publications over 17 distinct years, with a maximum of 6 publications in 1997
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