It is not uncommon to feel tired and dejected during the fall and winter seasons.
The fate of the cat curled up in a ball on our sofa seems to us to be the most enviable: if only we could sleep as much as possible, while waiting for spring ... But this banal "winter blues" has nothing to do with what DSM-5, the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
published by the American Psychiatric Association, a reference in psychiatry, describes recurrent major depressive disorder
"with seasonal pattern."
This occurs at a particular time of year (in autumn or winter, or more rarely in summer) and disappears spontaneously in spring.
To be certain that it is a seasonal affective disorder, it takes two major depressive episodes in the last two years, without a major non-seasonal depressive episode during that same period.
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