S.A.D.(Seasonal Affective Disorder)

S.A.D.(Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Winter depression or "the blues" as it is sometimes called is actually S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) This article will give you more information about this disorder and ideas to combat it.

" Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, seasonal affective disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer.
"Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (photo therapy), psychotherapy and medications. Addressing the problem can help you keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year " according to the Mayo Clinic.
The Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder/DS00195
However mild and temporary S.A.D. may be, it is still debilitating to those who suffer with it every year.

Ideas to combat S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

1. Get outside all you can, soak up the sun. (remember to use sunscreen, even in Winter )

2. Keep the curtains and window blinds open. Sit in a direct beam of sunlight if possible.

3. Concentrate on eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. A diet high in carbohydrates has a positive effect on your mood.

4. Play some cheerful, uplifting music. You might even consider singing along. Music is a great mood elevator.

5. Exercise. Try a light work-out or better yet, take a nice relaxing walk. if exercise isn't your cup of tea, try Yoga.

6. Invite a friend over. Maybe someone you haven't seen in a while. Catch up on the latest and reminisce about old times. Play cards or old fashioned board games.

7. Spend some quality time with your family. If you have no family near by, spend the time with your pet.

8. Spend some time with your creator. Read your Bible. Pray and talk to God; He's listening. Ask Him to remove the sadness and depression from you, believe that He will and it will become a reality.

Skin Illumination

"Although an early study comparing light exposure to the eyes and to the skin found that light to the eyes has the greatest therapeutic effect for people with SAD, a recent study indicates that circadian rhythms (the body's biological clock) can be affected by light exposure to the back of the knee. (Please read the section titled "Does the Human Body Conduct Light?" for another angle on this.) While this finding will certainly lead to further research, it would be premature to draw conclusions about the potential effects of skin illumination on SAD symptoms. One problem is that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, given off by the sun and by tanning lamps, can lead to other health problems, such as skin cancer. People with SAD should definitely not try to "self-medicate" by exposing their skin to"potentially hazardous UV illumination" according to Holisticonline.com.

SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Fluffy77, I think it's important too, especially for getting the word out about how light therapy can help this disorder. Thanks for voting and for your kind comment.

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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

The know people know about this the less ignorance about it, some people can be mean and hurtful if they don't understand. Thanks for helping to keep this a topic, for educating others. Knowledge is power, even for those who do not suffer from this illness.

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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Super useful! I have SAD,diagnosed in 1994 ,and have to take an antidepressant from October until March in order to raise seritonium levels. I avoid stress as much as possible. I also get natural light for at least an hour a day. My chair is pulled to the window. All curtains are open, and I have the daylight light bulbs. This has been the best year in the past 4 or 5 years. Probably because I retired this year!

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Becky Puetz 6 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks everyone for your kind and thoughtful comments.

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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Becky this is a very informative hub with heaps of sound advise for people to follow. As an outdoor man I appreciate the advise about daylight. You need to savour every minute of natural light that is available in the darkest months. Thank you for sharing.

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carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Very good advice you've given Becky. I know that this will help many of those who suffer from SAD, especially senior citizens.

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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Welcome to hub pages. I hope we can be friends. I see we have a lot in common. I get depressed every fall through half the winter. I can't get motivated. Now I know it has a name. Great advice. I will try to follow some.

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richtwf 6 years ago

Enjoyed reading this interesting hub packed with very useful advice and videos. Thanks for sharing.

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