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Best Products for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Updated on April 9, 2013

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is one type of depression. For those people who are living near the North Pole and who experience winter, this health condition usually happens. It is characterized by sudden feeling of sadness which usually happens in late fall and winter and fades away when the winter is over. There have been no known causes of this kind of disorder. Below are the best products that can help you alleviate SAD condition:

The Causes and Symptoms Of SAD

The cause is unknown. However, experts believe that it is because of lack of sunlight. It affects the sleeping pattern, hormones, and brain chemicals of the affected person. He may feel down, sad, anxious, crave for more carbohydrates, weight gain, sleep more, and lack of interest for the daily activities.

The people who are at risk are women, those whose age is from 15 to 55 years old, those who are living in places with winter season, and those whose relatives or parents have also suffered from SAD.

SAD Light Therapy Lamps

Northern Light Technology Travelite 10,000 Lux Bright Light Therapy Portable Light Box, Beige
Northern Light Technology Travelite 10,000 Lux Bright Light Therapy Portable Light Box, Beige

Northern light technologies, travelite, nlt-trv-beige. the travelite is a modern looking mini-box weighs only 2.5 lbs. it comes with a stand that supports it in a vertical or horizontal position. the travelite is amazingly energy efficient, using only 48 watts of power.


SAD Light Therapy Box

Seasonal Affective Disorder Light Box is an expensive kind of light since it provides certain types of light which is different from the other. However, it is very effective in alleviating the symptoms of SAD and it is easy to use. Even if you will have lots of lamp inside the house or you would go outside, a light box is more effective than these ways. The effects may vary from one person to another. Some may see the effects immediately while for others, it may take a few weeks.

Sphere Gadget Technologies Lightphoria, 10,000 Lux Energy Light Lamp
Sphere Gadget Technologies Lightphoria, 10,000 Lux Energy Light Lamp

Portable 10,000 lux energy light best for the winter times when you lack your daily dosage of sunlight.

Emits a wide spectrum light wavelength creating a natural soothing glow - just like real sunlight!

Selectable intensity levels - LOW (5,000lux), MEDIUM (8,000lux), HIGH (10,000lux) and programable 15, 30, 45 minute timer.

Energy-efficient light lamp consumes only 7.2 watts and is rated for more than 20 years.

Sleek lightweight design perfect for travel. 110v-240v worldwide voltage compatible. 1 year warranty provided by Sphere Gadget Technologies USA.


SAD Light Treatment

and SAD Light Box Therapy

Light therapy is important to treat SAD. In fact, it is on top of the list. This is often true especially if the depression is not severe. You just have to expose yourself in a light box that provides high intensity sunlight. You must do this 30 minutes in the morning. You must do this from the beginning of the symptoms up to the time when the symptoms fade away. There are uncommon side effects of the light therapy treatment. However, there are also others who experience, irritability, headache, nausea and vomiting, eyestrain, and fatigue.

How To Deal With SAD (Video)

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      jamesdesalvo lm 4 years ago

      @tophatpro: I'm sorry to hear that you suffer from SAD. I never noticed how it affected me until I went to college up near Canada. I like your solution of a sunny vacation.

      Thanks for your comments!

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      I suffer from this quite badly during the winter. The only temporary solution I have found is to take a winter holiday somewhere really sunny.

      I live in a country where the summer weather isn't very predictable and is more like a warm Spring for other countries. When the Winter comes, sometimes it's like there wasn't a Summer and the SAD can really kick in.

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      jamesdesalvo lm 5 years ago

      @favored: I'm glad to hear she's doing better. Thanks for sharing.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I have a friend that suffers with this disorder. She tried several things, but the light seems to be helping her. Thanks for putting up this info.

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      ZenSquid 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens!

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      jamesdesalvo lm 5 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Sure. Any type of movement will help. Less sugar is always a plus. Thanks for your comments.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      I imagine that exercise and eating less sugar will help SAD as well