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I have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Should I increase the dose of my antidepressant?

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An increase in medication may help with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but consult your doctor about it. Don't increase the dose on your own.

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Alan Gelenberg, MD, chair, American Psychiatric Association's Workgroup on Treatment Guidelines for Major Depressive Disorder. Alexander Obolsky, MD, Chicago psychiatrist and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral science, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. Stephen Josephson, PhD, clinical associate professor, Cornell University Medical School and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and psychologist, New York, N.Y. Norman Rosenthal, MD, author, psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. National Institute of Mental Health: "What are the different forms of depression?" Westrin A. 2007: vol. 21: pp.901-909. Al Lewy, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland. Lewy AJ. May 9, 2006; vol. 103: pp.7414-7419. Golden R. Apr. 2005; vol. 162: pp.656-662.







Winter Blues;CNS Drugs,Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,American Journal of Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

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Alan Gelenberg, MD, chair, American Psychiatric Association's Workgroup on Treatment Guidelines for Major Depressive Disorder. Alexander Obolsky, MD, Chicago psychiatrist and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral science, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. Stephen Josephson, PhD, clinical associate professor, Cornell University Medical School and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and psychologist, New York, N.Y. Norman Rosenthal, MD, author, psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. National Institute of Mental Health: "What are the different forms of depression?" Westrin A. 2007: vol. 21: pp.901-909. Al Lewy, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland. Lewy AJ. May 9, 2006; vol. 103: pp.7414-7419. Golden R. Apr. 2005; vol. 162: pp.656-662.







Winter Blues;CNS Drugs,Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,American Journal of Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

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