Medication for Seasonal Affective Disorder

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More About SAD

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Ro Mind brain illustration

SAD is a type of depression that affects millions of Americans. People usually experience symptoms of SAD when the amount of daylight shifts in fall and winter (but sometimes during the arrival of spring and summer). Symptoms of SAD can be life-altering and may include:

  • Changes in mood, including depressed mood

  • Weight gain or loss

  • Changes in appetite

  • Lack of energy

  • Lack of interest in activities one used to enjoy

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Feelings of hopelessness or suicidal thoughts

There are effective treatments available for seasonal depression, including antidepressant medication.

A comprehensive mental health evaluation

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Ro Mind OV Question

After you complete your online assessment, Ro Mind will connect you with a healthcare provider within 48 hours. On a video call, your provider will:

  • Review your medical and psychiatric history

  • Discuss your symptoms

  • Develop a treatment plan that’s right for you, if appropriate

Optimized treatment plans with medication (if prescribed)

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Ro Mind medication bottle
  • Prescribed medication comes to your door with free 2-day shipping

  • Or, pick up your medication at a pharmacy of your choice

Thoughtful and ongoing provider support

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Ro Mind patient illustration

Your provider will be there to offer guidance every step of the way.

  • Regular check-ins with your provider to discuss how your treatment plan is going

  • Message your provider at any time (expect responses within 24 hours during regular working hours)

  • Schedule up to three virtual visits with your provider per month

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

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Patient on phone illustration

SAD, or seasonal depression, is a mood disorder that is a subtype of major depressive disorder (MDD). People usually experience symptoms of SAD when the amount of daylight shifts in fall and winter (but sometimes during the arrival of spring and summer) and may experience symptoms annually. SAD may be connected to shorter days, which generally affect how much natural light exposure you receive. This may affect your circadian rhythm (your internal clock) as well as the natural amount of serotonin (a hormone important to your mood) and melatonin (a sleep-regulating hormone) your body produces.

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Ro Mind patient illustration with Dr. Mia

SAD most commonly first presents itself when one is in their 20s or 30s. Somewhere between 4 and 6 percent of people may experience SAD in the wintertime, and up to 20 percent of people may experience milder symptoms. Ro Mind offers treatment for SAD, as well as depression and anxiety, if appropriate.

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