Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of
depression that occurs during the same
season each year. You may have SAD if you felt depressed during the last two winters but felt much better in
spring and summer.
Researchers are becoming increasingly aware that depression runs in families
-- sometimes across multiple generations. If Lynne Boschee were to draw her
family tree of depression, for instance, it would branch across three
generations to include her father and her brother and his two teen-aged
children. On one limb would be Boschee herself, who had postpartum depression.
Her 4-year-old son, Jack, doesn’t have the illness, but she worries that his
excessive fears and panic attacks spell an anxiety...