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seasonal affective disorder

recurrent winter depression characterized by oversleeping, overeating, and irritability, and relieved by the arrival of spring or by light therapy.
Abbreviation: SAD.
Origin of seasonal affective disorder
First recorded in 1980-85 Unabridged
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  • Ariel Leve on why seasonal affective disorder does a disservice to those of us committed to year-round despair.

    Calling BS on SAD Ariel Leve January 24, 2010
British Dictionary definitions for seasonal affective disorder

seasonal affective disorder

a state of depression sometimes experienced by people in winter, thought to be related to lack of sunlight SAD
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Contemporary definitions for seasonal affective disorder

depression associated with the reduction of daylight during the shorter days of late autumn and winter; abbr. SAD's 21st Century Lexicon
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seasonal affective disorder in Medicine

seasonal affective disorder sea·son·al affective disorder (sē'zə-nəl)
Abbr. SAD
A mild form of depression occurring at certain seasons of the year, especially depression that recurs in winter and that is characterized by loss of energy and sexual drive, restlessness, and often by a craving for carbohydrates.

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seasonal affective disorder in Science
seasonal affective disorder
A mood disorder that occurs during seasons when exposure to sunlight is limited, characterized by symptoms of depression.
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