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Fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder

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SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, is a type of seasonal depression that usually begins in early winter and fades through spring. Approximately 25 million U.S. citizens report suffering from SAD; and women are twice as likely to experience symptoms.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
SAD is a real form of cyclical depression and can lead to:

  1. Decreased concentration
  2. Increased appetite
  3. Weight gain
  4. Social withdrawal
  5. Moodiness
  6. Fatigue
  7. Panic attacks

The simplest explanation for this seasonal depression is lack of light. Serotonin production - the chemical your body produces that makes you feel happy - increases with light. SAD symptoms range from mild to severe, and people typically begin to recover in spring (when the days become longer).

Fortunately, there are a range of easy at-home treatments you can try:

Bathe in the Light - Try to get outside regularly and relax or do some outside activity. There are also light therapy boxes available; however, these range in brightness and types of light, so you should talk to your doctor before purchasing one.

Stay Active - Although winter makes us want to bundle up and not leave the couch, regular exercise can reduce the symptoms of depression. Exercise combined with light therapy has generated positive results for treating SAD in numerous studies.

Get Some Help - If you’re really depressed and feel like you need help, don’t wait. A psychiatrist can help you talk it out and determine whether medication is necessary  to treat your symptoms.

If you’re feeling depressed, know you’re not alone. Reportedly 1 in 10 Americans are affected by depression at one point or another. However, statistics show diagnoses are growing fast, and over 80 percent of people who experience symptoms do not seek help. For those who seek it, help is always available. If you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, don’t wait for things to get worse. Talk to you doctor today help is out there, and is it real.

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