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A Winter’s Malady

The cold breath of seasonal affective disorder stalls lives. Diagnosis, self-help and light help.

A Winter’s Malady
Illustration by Sajith Kumar
A Winter’s Malady
outlookindia.com
2017-01-21T12:11:37+05:30

“I am generally a happy-go-lucky type of person,” Dipti Mukherjee insists. But, according to the 30-year-old Calcutta homemaker, “for about three months a year I suddenly turn into a different person—depressed and withdrawn, apparently for no reason at all. I sulk and even shun gatherings. When there are parties in our house, I often lock myself in my room and refuse to come out and meet the guests.” After her arranged marriage to a Bengal-based businessman two years ago, her husband and in-laws concluded that she had a multiple personality disorder which was kept hidden from them. “I was so insulted by their allegations that I was on the verge of asking for a divorce, when my husband suggested I consult a psychiatrist. That’s when I was diagnosed as suffering from ‘seasonal aff­ective disorder’ or SAD,” a psychological disorder which shows symptoms during certain months of the year, rem­aining dormant at other times.

“SAD is an extremely serious but underdiagnosed condition with symptoms which are...

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