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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

Yes, absolutely. In most cases, a Maple doctor can diagnose SAD online by asking about your symptoms and observing your condition. Once you describe your symptoms to the doctor, they’ll be able to diagnose, prescribe appropriate medication, and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest for you to go to a clinic for a thorough physical examination. 

You can also request to have a psychotherapy session right on Maple about your seasonal affective disorder. To learn more about how our online physcotherapy assessments work, please click here

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or we’ll deliver it right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

What is seasonal affective disorder?

SAD is a form of depression which is linked to a specific time of year or season. For the majority of people, this begins during the fall and continues through the winter months.

To diagnose SAD, a doctor will ask you about changes in your mood, sleeping, socializing and eating throughout the year.

What are the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

Symptoms of SAD include:

  • Increased depression for a large portion of the day
  • Sleep-related issues
  • Changes in appetite
  • Feelings of irritation and sluggishness

These symptoms are often associated with depression but if they tend to occur around the same time each year, it could be due to SAD.

How can I treat seasonal affective disorder?

SAD can be treated in multiple ways, so it’s best to speak with a doctor to find out what course of treatment is best for you.

Some healthcare providers may recommend light therapy, which is a common form of therapy for many who experience SAD. Light therapy consists of exposing the patient to a device that mimics natural light and is known to affect the brain chemicals that usually cause SAD. These devices can be purchased from stores without a prescription or doctor’s referral and are usually used within the first hour of waking up.

Doctors are also able to prescribe antidepressants which may help relieve symptoms of depression that are faced by those who also experience SAD. Additionally, psychotherapy is very effective as it can help individuals learn to manage stress and cope with their SAD.

What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start consulting with a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

Additionally, you may request a psychotherapy consultation right on Maple to discuss your seasonal affective disorder. To learn more about how our online physcotherapy assessments work, please click here

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