A study reveals that one in every 30 Americans suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. There are a few misconceptions regarding the often misunderstood mental disorder.
Myth # 1: SAD only affects people during the fall and winter months. Fact: SAD can also occur during spring and summer. Those affected by summer-onset SAD may experience insomnia, weight loss or anxiety.
Myth #2: SAD only occurs in women. Fact: Studies show that 90% of SAD sufferers are women. However, SAD can affect people of all genders, ages and backgrounds.
Myth #3: SAD is the same as the “winter blues”. Fact: SAD is form of clinical depression that requires medical treatment. The winter blues can usually be cured by physical activity and regular sleep.