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Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and seasonal depression are terms that until recently were used to describe a mood disorder in which people experience a normal mood for part of the year and a predictable period of depressed mood in the winter or summer.
Seasonal affective disorder is no longer thought of as a separate kind of mood disorder. When people have that kind of pattern to their depressive episodes it is now called recurrent major depressive disorder (MDD) with seasonal pattern.

There can be a number of components to effective treatment for SAD that may include medications, light therapy, melatonin supplements, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Major depressive disorder, including SAD, often occurs with other kinds of problems, including anxiety. A proper and thorough differential diagnostic assessment by a psychiatrist or psychologist is the first step towards effective treatment.


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Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

What is the policy for cancelled or missed appointments?

To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?

Psychologists:

  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

Psychologists and psychiatrists both undertake... Read More

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete an undergraduate degree that includes 360 hours (total) of training and education. In contrast, to become a psychologist in Ontario the... Read More

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