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Doctor insights on: Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder

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How to know if I have seasonal affective disorder?

How to know if I have seasonal affective disorder?

By your symptoms: SAD symptoms usually occur with change in season (often fall and winter) & can include carbohydrate craving, increased appetite with weight gain, low energy level, irritability, moodiness, sleeping more, heavy feeling in extremities, being overly sensitive to rejection and it can impact relationships. ...Read more

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What are the tests for seasonal affective disorder?

What are the tests for seasonal affective disorder?

Tests?: There is no commercial laboratory study or imaging study that determines whether sad is present. There are a few rating scales that you could complete that would asdist a clinician in making that determination. Generally a thorough psych evaluation can determine its presence. The largest determining factor is. The telationsip of between the seasons and mood over the years. ...Read more

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Overcoming seasonal affective disorder (Tip)

Recognize the symptoms of the disorder setting in. Utilize sun lamps. Vacation for that time of year. ...See more

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What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

SAD: SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5. It is a subtype of depression. Treating seasonal affective disorder: Light therapy can be very effective. Psychotherapy and psychotropic medications can also be beneficial. Consider a tropical vacation when it is cold back home. See: ...Read more

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What to do if that i may have seasonal affective disorder?

What to do if that i may have seasonal affective disorder?

Light in the winter: If you think you have seasonal affective disorder (depression in the fall and winter), you can do some things such as: make sure you spend as much time outside in the light, use indoor lights as much as possible, exercise daily, eat well especially foods with vitamin d. If you are still very depressed, you need to see a doctor about depression medications. ...Read more

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Overcoming seasonal affective disorder (Tip)

Use a full spectrum light box or desk lamp. Check w/doc about using a supplement called 5htp. ...See more

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Overcoming Obesity (Checklist)

Limit your sugar and carbohydrate intake
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Exercise regularly
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Eat a balanced diet
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How to treat seasonal affective disorder?

How to treat seasonal affective disorder?

Several options: Anti-depressant medications like fluoxetine, sertraline, & other ssris can be helpful to improve symptoms. Bupropion can prevent symptoms. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, light therapy (using specialized lamps), dawn stimulation or negative air ionization are also used. Modafinil has been shown in some studies to be effective for sad. Melatonin use in the afternoon and vitamin d also may help. ...Read more

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Overcoming seasonal affective disorder (Tip)

An off label treatment for sad is Inderal (propranolol) taken between 5:30 and 6:00 am every morning at about 40mg. ...See more

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Overcoming Anorexia (Checklist)

Create a meal plan for weight gain
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Throw away the scale and weigh only with your doctor
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Avoid exercise other than walking and yoga
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Take small steps so that you feel in control
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Overcoming seasonal affective disorder (Tip)

Keep it simple. Good health, check vit d levels, exercise, and consider treatment for depr. ...See more

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Overcoming Fatigue (Checklist)

Get a full night's sleep (7-8 hours)
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See your doctor to investigate any medical causes
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Set a regular bedtime
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Set a regular wake time
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Are tanning beds good for people with seasonal affective disorder?

Are tanning beds good for people with seasonal affective disorder?

Tanning beds: Tanning beds are dangerous and are not a treatment for seasonal affective. However light therapy can be very effective in reducing SAD symptoms ...Read more

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Will going in a tanning bed help me with my seasonal affective disorder?

Will going in a tanning bed help me with my seasonal affective disorder?

Bad idea: There is a much safer way to treat seasonal depression. Only your eyeballs need the light, and they need it on schedule every morning. A light box that delivers at least 10, 000 lux for at least 20 minutes each morning through fall and winter is a much safer, and more effective, way to treat seasonal affective disorder that doesn't increase risk of skin cancer. ...Read more

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Overcoming seasonal affective disorder (Tip)

If you buy a light box, use it. It helps no one just sitting in the corner. ...See more