Light As Therapy Helps Many With Seasonal Affective Disorder
the dead of winter and you can’t shake the blues, you may be
experiencing a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder
(SAD), according to a study conducted by Mayo Clinic.
improves symptoms for about three out of four people suffering from
SAD, the report said. Light therapy involves spending a specific amount
of time using a specially designed lamp each day; the light emitted is
comparable to outdoor light just after sunrise or just before sunset,
according to the report.
can help you select the proper light box and instruct you in how much
time to use the light each day; time frames range from 15 minutes to
two hours, clinic researchers said.
disorder’s acronym, these seasonal bouts of depression may go
beyond simply feeling sad, the report noted. Other symptoms often
include loss of energy, anxiety, irritability, headache, increased
sleep, diminished interest in sex, cravings for high carbohydrate
foods, weight gain from overeating and lack of ability to concentrate,
according to the findings.
symptoms are mild or severe, SAD is best handled with a doctor’s
help, researchers said. In addition to light therapy, treatment may
include medication, psychological therapy, stress reduction and
relaxation techniques, they added.
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