Morning Depression: Symptoms & How to Cope
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “Causes of Morning Depression”, “How Is Morning Depression Diagnosed?”, and “Eat a Healthy Breakfast”. New material written by Silvi Saxena, MBA, MSW, LSW, CCTP, OSW-C and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
Author: Davina Tiwari, MSW, RSW, CSFT
Reviewer: Trishanna Sookdeo, MD, MPH, FAAFP