Not Just SAD but also PAD

Updated: Mar 30

As the days get longer and longer, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) will soon be over for roughly 5 percent of Americans until next winter.

Or will it? As Martin Klein, a clinical psychologist in Connecticut put it, this year is more “like Seasonal Affective Disorder on steroids. The people I treat this year are suffering from a syndrome I have coined Pandemic Affective Disorder (PAD).

Symptoms of SAD include overeating, sleeping too much, and a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Many afflicted with PAD demonstrate the same symptoms as individuals suffering from SAD.

Klein’s patients are far more the norm than the exception.

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