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Seasonal Affective Disorder – Dr. David Long

Seasonal Affective Disorder Summary

• Sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder can experience lethargy and depression during the winter months.

• To ease symptoms, people should get outside for a walk every day and invest in a light therapy lamp if necessary.

• Avoiding processed foods and sugary snacks can also help improve mood. 

• Antidepressants are an option, but should be discussed with a doctor first. 

• Professional help should be sought when symptoms are severe.

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Are you having a difficult time getting outta bed? Do you feel lethargic and depressed during this winter season? If so, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. A type of depression that occurs during the winter months. 

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ease your symptoms and get through the winter without too much difficulty. Here are a few tips for overcoming SAD. Get outside every day, even if it’s just for a short walk.

 The endorphins and natural sunlight can help improve your mood and give you a much needed energy boost. If it’s cloudy most days, consider investing in a light therapy lamp. 

Light therapy lamps mimic the effects of natural sunlight, which can improve your mood and ease symptoms. Avoid processed foods and sugary snacks which can leave you feeling sluggish and worse in symptoms. 

Antidepressants are another treatment option. If you’re considering this option. It’s important to talk to your doctor first as antidepressants can come with some risks and side effects. 

If your symptoms are severe and nothing seems to be helping, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Remember, there is no shame in seeking help when you need it.

I’m Dr. David Long, that was the long story short.

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