Tis the season to be SAD.
Seasonal changes bring in less daylight, colder weather, and life can generally slow down. This can cause low energy and disrupted sleeping and eating patterns- otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is a category of depression that is linked to seasonal changes
Light therapy boxes can offer an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder. Features such as light intensity, safety, cost and style are important considerations. One study* found that six weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy, twice a week, was just as effective as daily bright light therapy for 30 minutes every morning.
For some people, light therapy may be more effective when combined with another SAD treatment, such as an antidepressant or therapy. SAD symptoms include:
Change in appetite or weight
Lack of energy
Diminishing sex drive
Body aches or pains
Inability to make decisions
Problems focusing or concentrating
Lack of interest in or enjoyment of activities
Low self-esteem (feelings of worthlessness or guilt)
To pick up your mood in the morning, use the light box for 20 to 60 minutes, depending on your individual needs. About 3/4 of S.A.D. sufferers are women, but S.A.D. affects men and children as well. Do not use SAD Lamps if you are using Photosensitive medications such as lithium, melatonin, certain antibiotics, and some acne medications like Isotretinoin (Accutane).
Here are 5 SAD Lamps to relieve your feeling of seasonal dread.
Luckly these lamps give all of us SAD sufferers a chance to reclaim our mood and enjoy the winter!!
If you or a loved one you know is battling mental health issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
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