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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Understanding And Treating SAD

About six percent of Americans may have seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a distinct form of seasonal depression. Kelly Rohan with UVM says it can be effectively treated but requires professional help.
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About six percent of Americans may have seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a distinct form of seasonal depression. Kelly Rohan with UVM says it can be effectively treated but requires professional help.

The days are getting shorter, the hours of daylight are fewer and this time of year it's not uncommon to experience a bout of the winter blues. But a more serious form of depression afflicts nearly six percent of the population: Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. We're talking about the symptoms, misconceptions and treatments for this uniquely seasonal form of depression.

Kelly Rohan, a clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Vermont, studies Seasonal Affective Disorder and is leading a new five-year clinical study with the National Institute of Mental Health.

Rohan joins Vermont Edition to discuss what differentiates SAD from the more common and less severe "winter blues," and why therapies that change thinking and behavior may outshine the traditional light therapy used to treat SAD.

Broadcast live on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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