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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Also indexed as:Depression (Seasonal), SAD, Seasonal Depression, Winter Depression
A cold and dark winter can trigger depression in people who suffer from SAD. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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A cold and dark winter can trigger depression in people who suffer from SAD. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Add more D to your diet

    See a qualified health practitioner to find out if you are low in vitamin D, and if you should take large amounts under medical supervision to help improve mood and well-being

  • Soak in the sun

    Spend more time outdoors to help improve the regulation of important brain chemicals that affect mood

  • Try light therapy

    Reduce symptoms by using a full-spectrum fluorescent light during dark mornings or evenings

  • Check out St. John’s wort

    This well-known herbal remedy may improve mild to moderate depression; take 900 mg a day of a standardized extract

  • Work in a workout

    Get an hour of aerobic or anaerobic exercise three times a week in bright light to improve mood

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