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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is a type of depression that is caused by lack of sunlight in the winter months. People with this condition experience symptoms such as over-tiredness, tearfulness, loss of appetite, difficulty with concentration, difficulty living everyday life and use light therapy devices for treatment - in particular SAD lamps.
It's dependent on the level of sadness. If you are simply having a  bad day, and are looking for a way to cheer up, then search for  things that make you happy. Listen to music, watch a movie, or  simply talk to someone as words can make such a difference.   But if you had long term sadness,...
Transitions may always take a little longer, and if the SAD  symptoms were previously quite severe, you might find that they  won't go straight away. But the more exposure to sunny weather and  natural light, the better. If they don't go away for about a month,  consider seeing a doctor, as it...
Well, every part of the world still has their seasons, whether that  is divided by the southern and northern hemisphere, or even in the  arctic regions. It then means that maybe someone living in the US  with seasonal depression, might find themselves experiencing their  episodes at the opposite...
Most patients with seasonal affective disorder respond to light therapy and/or antidepressant drugs.
The symptoms of SAD are similar to those of other forms of depression. People with SAD may feel sad.irritable. tired.sleeping too much.lose interest in normal or pleasurable activities.become withdrawn.crave carbohydrates.gain weight.
The first-line treatment for seasonal affective disorder is light therapy.Light therapy uses a device called a light box. Like other types of mood disorders, seasonal affective disorder may also respond to medication and psychotherapy.
Light therapy appears to be safe for most people. However, it can cause side effects of eyestrain, headaches, insomnia, fatigue, sunburn, and dry eyes and nose in some patients.
Most patients with seasonal affective disorder respond to light therapy, dawn simulation, and/or antidepressant drugs. Others respond to sleeping more hours in a dark room.
The first-line treatment for seasonal affective disorder is light therapy (also known as phototherapy). The most commonly used phototherapy equipment is a portable lighting device known as a light box.
Like other types of mood disorders, seasonal affective disorder may also respond to medication and psychotherapy.
SAD, sometimes called the "winter blues" or "winter blahs
.is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, most of whom are women. Another 25 million Americans may have a mild form of SAD, sometimes called the "winter blues" or "winter blahs." The risk of SAD increases the further from the equator a person lives.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression most often associated with the lack of daylight. Although seasonal affective disorder is most common when light is low, it may occur in the spring, and it is then often called reverse SAD.
Seasonal affective disorder, while not an official category of mental illness listed by the American Psychiatric Association, is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, most of whom are women.
A psychologist, as this is a matter affecting mental health.
.The four different classes of drugs used for mood disorders are: heterocyclic antidepressants (HCAs).selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO inhibitors). Lithium salts.
Make sure you get outside each day during the winter months, particularly if the sun is shining. Use a lamp that simulates natural sunlightKeep fit and active
If the patient is suffering from lack of bright sunshine in the winter, then a heat lamp or a bright sun lamp could be provided.
Seasonal Affective Disorder in the United States is comparable to that of other countries. Nordic countries, however, appear to have an overall lower prevalence of this disorder.
Go to the other hemisphere in the winter or buy full spectrum flourescent tubes for your bathroom. That does not help!! >( For people who suffer from SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder - it is no joke for them or their families. A lot of people get the "winter blues" due to there being less...
A seasonal affective disorder (SAD) lightbox would benefit society. The lightbox would increase the low levels of Vitamin D in people who are susceptible to this disorder. Therefore, society would be more healthy and not have to worry about times when the sun is not always present, such as winter.
The best light therapy for seasonal affective disorder is to purchase a light box. You can purchase a light box online at the Amazon website. Once on the page, type "Light Box" into the search field at the top of the page and press enter to bring up the items.
Florida is a great state to live in if you're looking to avoid the seasons. This is why many older people retire to Florida and why so many people live here during the winter months. Florida pretty much stays hot from April to October. Then colder but not freezing from October to March. It never...
I use a lamp that simulates natural sunlight to help my Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder  There is help out there for SAD. Talk to your doctor about "light  therapy." You can go for treatment or actually buy the machine to  sit under to help you each day (doesn't come cheap, but it's better  than suffering from seasonal depression.)   SAD is a form of...
You become depressed during the winter when the amount of daylight  is less. People with SAD can overcome this by using natural  sunlight bulbs in one light in their house, and sitting under that  light for at least an hour every morning.
From Blue Cross of Idaho: The following ICD-9 code ranges may be used to describe seasonal affective disorder:296.2 Major Depressive Disorder, Single Episode 296.3 Major Depressive Disorder, Recurrent 311 Depression, NOS 300.4 Neurotic Depression 301.1 Affective Personality DisorderI have seen 301...
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the mildest form is often referred to as the "winter blues" but more severe SAD can lead to depression. Symptoms are similar to other forms of depression, which is why it is important to get diagnosed by a Doctor to ensure you get the right treatment. This may...
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a mood disorder that is caused by the lack of sunlight during winter. Light enters through the eye, then through the optic nerve and through the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or SCN. The SCN regulates the amount of melatonin released from the pineal gland of the...
The thing is, the more common form of seasonal affective disorder (henceforth abbreviated to SAD, to save time) is winter-based depression. However, some people find they suffer in the summer. (If they suffer all year round, clinical depression is probably more likely the cause).  And, no, because...
Not cured (as in gone for good), but managed by use of antidepressants or a light box. As the previous answer says, there's no cure but SAD is manageable by doing a whole list of things to help e.g. getting more exercise, making sure you go outside every day. And yes, a SAD light box could help -...
They're born with it I disagree that people are born with SAD - it is like any form of depression and some people may be more suseptible than others. There's a lot of factors, both physical and mental that can cause people to be at risk of depression, which can then be triggered by outside...
Lightbox, about 15 minutes exposure every morning in winter.  It is not usually necessary to look at the light (they are a bit  too bright to actually look at), just sit in front of it.