There are a variety of effective treatments available for winter seasonal affective disorder (SAD), including light therapy, antidepressant medications, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tailored to SAD. There is little guidance to select an effective treatment regimen for a particular patient. Therefore, factors such as patient preference and treatment compliance should be weighed in terms of choosing an initial treatment and making adjustments to the treatment plan based on progress. Given that SAD is an annually recurrent subtype of depression, it affords the clinician with an opportunity to try different treatments in different years and to strive for optimal individual tailoring of treatment. The most important benchmark for an effective SAD treatment plan is prevention of recurrences each winter. Therefore, the treating clinician must ...

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