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Diagnosis

Visit your GP if you have symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Effective treatments are available if you're diagnosed with the condition.

Your GP may carry out a psychological assessment to check your mental health. They may ask about:

Your GP may also carry out a brief physical examination.

Confirming a diagnosis of SAD

SAD can be difficult to diagnose because there are many other types of depression that have similar symptoms.

It may therefore take some time before you and your GP realise that your symptoms are forming a regular pattern.

A diagnosis of SAD can usually be confirmed if: