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What does SAD stand for?

SAD stands for winter-seasonal affective disorder

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Lam, R. W. ; Levitt, A. J. ; Levitan, R. D. ; Enns, M. W. ; Morehouse, R. ; Michalak, E. E. ; Tam, E. M. (2006). "The Can-SAD Study: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effectiveness of Light Therapy and Fluoxetine in Patients with Winter Seasonal Affective Disorder". American Journal of Psychiatry 163 (5): 805–812. doi:10. 1176/appi. ajp. 163.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition that causes dramatic changes in mood and functioning during one particular season of the year. Traditional Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that only occurs seasonally during the winter months (see our post on Seasonal Affective Disorder here). People who suffer from reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder are afflicted with uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating symptoms through the summer season.
Summer seasonal affective disorder is different than the more well-known, winter seasonal affective disorder, and it’s also rarer. Unlike the winter variety of SAD, which affects 4-6 percent of the U. S. population, summer SAD affects less than 1 percent of the U. S. population and is more common in warmer climates in the United States and in countries near the equator.
Schwartz P, Brown C, Wehr T, Rosenthal NE: Winter seasonal affective disorder: a follow-up study of the first 59 patients of the national institute of mental health seasonal studies program. Am J Psychiatry 1996, 153:1028-1036. PubMed Abstract | Publisher Full Text.