Half-Million Americans Suffer from SAD
Studies report that nearly half-million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This mood disorder appears when the days grow longer and darker in late fall. The lack of sunlight and abundance of grey, cold days can lead to depression symptoms.
SAD is evidenced through lethargy, increased appetite and irritability. It not only affects the health of sufferers but can also damage personal relationships and professional performance. However, with proper diagnosis and attention, SAD is very controllable.
Both innovative light therapy boxes and more traditional prescription medicines can be employed to keep SAD at bay.
Our InstantPHR product is ideal for tracking symptoms related to SAD. The journal function can be used to track mood and sleep, two of the most common disruptions seen in SAD cases. By documenting habits daily, InstantPHR users can see unusual patterns and seek help. In turn, those journal entries can assist physicians in diagnosis and treatment.
If turning back the clocks triggers more than just shorter daylight hours, look ahead and seek treatment immediately.