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How I Experience Seasonal Affective Disorder With Bipolar Disorder

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It’s the sun’s fault. I curse the sun setting early post-summer! As days get darker and temps cool, I start feeling depressed and my energy is drained.

It’s a phenomenon known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and it can be brutal. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression brought on usually by winter and the lack of light in our lives.

Those living with bipolar disorder are particularly susceptible to this disorder, according to this National Institutes of Health study from 1984, which was the first to identify SAD.  “Seasonal affective disorder… is more than just the winter blues,” says the American Psychological Association. “It is a type of depression that lasts for a season, typically the winter months, and goes away

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