light therapy, Seasonal affective disorder

Feeling blue? Maybe it’s SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder, that is.  With the winter season well and truly here – in the northern hemisphere – and shorter daylight hours, it can really affect our sleep, productivity and even state-of-mind. Do you sometimes have the winter-time blues?

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A recent post by my favourite ‘celebrity medico’, Dr. Andrew Weil explains how Light therapy may be able to help.

“It uses specially designed boxes that emit full-spectrum light to simulate sunlight. While still a relatively unknown treatment, light therapy has been shown to have positive benefits in addressing many health issues, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), severe premenstrual syndrome, bulimia, and as a non-drug treatment for depression. If you have been suffering from SAD or just feel a little blue this time of year, contact your physician or healthcare provider – depression is a treatable condition; light therapy may be an option he or she recommends for you.”

While my own experience with SAD is limited as I just don’t spend extended periods of time in the cold, dark days of the northern hemisphere, I do use blue light … when I need to. Maybe you should, too?

In addition to using light therapy, there are other sensible suggestions in this week’s article in Forbes: “8 ways to fight seasonal depression”. It gives an excellent overview of this condition.

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