seasonal affective disorder


noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for seasonal affective disorder

seasonal affective disorder


noun

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

seasonal affective disorder

[ sēzə-nəl ]

n.

A mood disorder occurring during seasons when sunlight is limited, characterized by symptoms of depression.
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Science definitions for seasonal affective disorder

seasonal affective disorder

[ sēzə-nəl ]

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