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Seasonal Affective Disorder Causes & Risks

Causes

The cause of SAD is not completely understood. It is clearly related to changes in seasonal light. Light affects cycles in the body. Lack of light during the winter months could possibly throw off levels of hormones and brain chemicals. This could contribute to the symptoms of SAD.

Scientists are also researching if SAD is related to lack of the chemical serotonin in the brain.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

  • Sex: female
  • Living in northern latitudes

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