Answers to Common Depression and Anxiety Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about depression and anxiety.

MWho is at risk for developing seasonal affective disorder?

Though anyone can have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it usually doesn’t affect people younger than 20, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon (AAFP).

The risk of SAD decreases as a person gets older, according to the AAFP. People in northern regions with long, harsh winter months are more prone to having SAD.

Overall, SAD is more common among people who are already more likely to suffer from depression, according to Premier Physician Network[ physicians. Women are more likely than men to suffer from depression, so they also are more likely to have SAD.

For more information about who is at risk of seasonal affective disorder, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Heather Markwell, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine