More women than men are SAD about the seasons changing

November 11, 2019 Providence Women's Health Team


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  • Women are reportedly four times as likely as men to suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

  • SAD is a return of depressive feelings each fall and winter and can affect everything from one’s sleep and weight to concentration and emotions.

  • Providence mental health experts say there are treatments and preventative steps to give you back your fall and winter.

For some women, the shorter days and reduced daylight that start as summer ends signal a welcome time to nest a little, prepare for the upcoming holidays, and—if they can fit it into their jam-packed schedules—relax by the fire with a good book while watching the earlier sunset.

Women with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) don’t see it quite the same way. For them, the changing seasons indicate a return of the depression they struggle with every year during the fall and winter.

Here’s a look at SAD and how it affects the women who struggle with the challenges it brings each year as the seasons change.


Find a doctor

If your mood has shifted with the season change and it's affecting your daily life, talk to your doctor. You can find a Providence mental health professional using our provider directory. Through Providence Express Care Virtual, you can also access a full range of healthcare services. 

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Related resources

Daylight Savings Time Can Affect Your Health as Well as Your Clock

For some, depression deepens as temperatures rise

Ho Ho No: How to Avoid Holiday Blues

National Institutes of Health: Seasonal Affective Disorder

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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The Providence Women's Health team is committed to providing useful and actionable insights, tips and advice to ensure women of all types can live their healthiest lives.

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