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Winning the Fight Against Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Jim Greene

Winter is coming and it brings with it snow, ice, colder weather, and more importantly less sunlight. Winter is enough of a challenge for anyone but there are many people who suffer through SAD and the winter together. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that affects hundreds of thousands of people throughout the winter months. It is brought on by a decrease in the amount of sunlight a person is exposes to.

There is still some debate among professional on what causes SAD but it is generally accepted that the environment is a major contributor. Seasonal Affective Disorder begins in the teenage years and is much more common in women than men. This disorder is suspected to have a genetic component since it is not uncommon for SAD to affect multiple family members.

Light therapy is a popular option to treating the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. There are special lamps that have been created that show promising results in reducing or eliminating symptoms of SAD.

There are some steps you can take to help limit the symptoms of SAD in your household. Increasing your exposure to light during the winter months and ensuring that you are spending enough time outdoors can have a dramatic impact on your SAD. You should also ensure that you are getting enough exercise and that you occupy your extra time in the winter with a hobby. These steps combined with light therapy can help you fight back against Seasonal Affective Disorder and start enjoying the season.

Source: HV Press

Jim Greene

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Jim has spent the last 5 years writing for a variety of health-related websites. At Activebeat, James is an essential member of the editorial team, providing information on exercise, diet & nutrition and men’s health – among many other things.

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