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Doctor insights on: Seasonal Affective Disorder And Lamotrigine

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How to know if I have seasonal affective disorder?

How to know if I have seasonal affective disorder?

SAD, depression: Check these symptoms, and then consider consulting with a mental health professional:. Symptoms are usually the same as with other forms of depression, and include: hopelessness increased appetite with weight gain increased sleep less energy and ability to concentrate loss of interest in work or other activities sluggish movements social withdrawal unhappiness and irritability. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Seasonal Depression (Sad) (Definition)

Seasonal affective disorder is a psychiatric condition in which individuals with otherwise normal mental health experience symptoms of depression during seasons with less sunlight. Commonly, individuals are affected during the winter time. ...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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What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

Light: Special light therapy is a common, safe, and effective treatment. Wellbutrin (bupropion) (buproprion) is the most common med to treat. ...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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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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Are tanning beds good for people with seasonal affective disorder?

No: I am not aware of any scientifically sound studies showing their effectiveness in treating depression of any kind. ...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

Lamictal (Definition)

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. Lamictal is used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat epileptic seizures ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Lamotrigine (Definition)

Lamotrigine is employed to treat psychiatric problems, and epilepsy. It is one of many meds that can help multiple ...Read more