How to Prepare for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is triggered by changes in light exposure. It is estimated that up to 10 million Americans suffer from SAD, and it is more common in women than men. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare for SAD and manage its symptoms. Light therapy is one of the most effective treatments for SAD.

This involves regular exposure to a light box that simulates high-intensity sunlight. It is recommended that people with SAD install 10,000 lux lighting in their kitchen area and have breakfast under the light around 7 a.m. in late fall. Although light boxes are often safe and effective, they are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Therefore, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether a phototherapy box is right for you. A recent study showed that bright light therapy could be an effective treatment for SAD, but more extensive studies still need to be done regarding this option. Other treatments for SAD include cognitive-behavioral therapy, antidepressant medications, and lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. If you think you may be suffering from SAD, it is important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and treatment options. With the right preparation and treatment plan, you can manage your SAD symptoms and live a healthy life.

Mandy Harland
Mandy Harland

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