Is Reverse SAD actually a form of bipolar disorder?

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There are many who confuse Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder with bipolar disorder! Are you one of them? Before you form any set opinion becomes, find out if your idea is based on truth or assumptions!

In fact, George Shannon, MD and family practitioner of Columbus has opined that Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a form of Bipolar Disorder.

Interesting! Isn’t it?

So, what is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a condition of human mind, where it swings between periods of excessive good or irritable and bad mood condition. These swings between depression and mania take place very quickly.

And as we know, the Reverse SAD is a depressive state of mind that occurs in the presence of too much brightness in the summers and the sufferer goes into throes of depression.

Yes, apparently, there is no similarity between them.

But hold on.

According to Mayo Clinic, for individuals with bipolar disorder, summer or spring may bring about symptoms of mania or hypomania, which is a little less intense than mania. In this way, it can be delineated that Reverse SAD and Bipolar Disorder can coincide together. Thus the symptoms of Reverse SAD like:

  • Agitation
  • Hyperactivity
  • Constant elevated mood
  • A lot of enthusiasm
  • Rapid thought and speech

…are much similar to that of bipolar disorder.

So, is their treatment also the same?

There are some treatment options which are similar to both Reverse SAD and Bipolar Disorder like medications (stabilizers and anti-anxiety medications) or psychotherapy; and there are some options which are exclusive to the each of them. In bipolar disorder, sleep medications, electroconvulsive therapy or herbal medications are employed in treatment and in Reverse SAD, physicians ask you to lessen the exposure to daylight, maintain a balanced lifestyle or undergo relaxation techniques!

To Conclude…

The distinguishing line between Reverse SAD and bipolar disorder is till now very narrow. And in major cases either they have been reported to occur together or one leading to the other! There are some aspects, which are common to them and there are some, in which they are poles apart! More research is going on with both, and maybe over time this question will be more accurately answered!