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Seasonal Symptoms and Causes

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. It usually starts in the late fall and early winter and goes away during the spring and summer. Some people do have episodes of depression that start in the spring or summer, but that is a lot less common. Symptoms of SAD may include

  • Sadness
  • Gloomy outlook
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, and irritable
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Low energy
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Carbohydrate cravings and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

SAD is more common in women, young people, and those who live far from the equator. You are also more likely to have SAD if you or your family members have depression.

The exact causes of SAD are unknown. Researchers have found that people with SAD may have an imbalance of serotonin, a brain chemical that affects your mood. Their bodies also make too much melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep, and not enough vitamin D.

The main treatment for SAD is light therapy. The idea behind light therapy is to replace the sunshine that you miss during the fall and winter months. You sit in front of a light therapy box every morning to get daily exposure to bright, artificial light. But some people with SAD do not respond to light therapy alone. Antidepressant medicines and talk therapy can reduce SAD symptoms, either alone or combined with light therapy.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

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Zyrtec Side Effects

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I had just completed my first pack of Seasonale. I thought it was the best birth control pill ever. I had no breakthrough bleeding, headaches, weight gain, nothing. I am a 35 year old group fitness instructor. I strained my calf in class and limped a

I have a 12 year old son who took Zyrtec for year-round allergies. He now has tourettes syndrome and westrongly feelthe Zyrtec played a role in this health issue. I started searching the web for info regarding

I have had and am having a bad reaction to Zyrtec. My eyes are inflamed and my throat is sore. Lips are swollen. My tongue is white. I will be forced to go to the Emergency at the hospital.

I have Type 2 Diabetes, when taking my level in the morning I noticed my level was elevated, and the only thing I had ingested was a Zyrtec pill about 2 hours prior? Could the pill be the cause?

I took one dose and experienced a bout of pancreatitis. I suffer from chronic pancreatitis and know what most of my 'triggers' are.....never thought a simple allergy medication would cause such a problem, I think I would rather suffer allergies than

I took seasonale 5 years ago, for about 14 months with ease, never had a problem. Now it has been four years, and i can not get pregnant. My husband and I have been trying for three years, and nothing. We have purchased ovulating monitors, basal the

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I have been using Aldara for the last month and began developing reactions (redface, swelling at sight). Given the reactions I'm experiencing using Aldara, I was wondering if it would be safe to get the seasonal and H1N1 vaccinations while taking Ald

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I was prescibed Nasonex to reduce the developement of nasel polyps and asrelief from seasonal allergens. The resulting side effects did not warrent any potential benefit from this nasel spray. I experience irration emotional behavior, argum

I went to an allergist for the first time in 10 years just before 4th of July 2011. I have terrible seasonal allergies and I'd finally had enough of taking meds that 1) don't do much of anything or 2) put me to sleep. The allergist recommended Omnari

When i took this drug it seemed to help my infection then after 4 days i got a beat red eye on my left side where the pick line was the home health said it was only seasonal alergys then 5th day i broke out in a rash on my up body(chest) they took me

Seasonal Clinical Trials and Studies

Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses. People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.