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What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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:

In brief: 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:
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http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021047
Dr. George Valdez
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Light

Special light therapy is a common, safe, and effective treatment.
Wellbutrin (bupropion) (buproprion) is the most common med to treat.

In brief: Light

Special light therapy is a common, safe, and effective treatment.
Wellbutrin (bupropion) (buproprion) is the most common med to treat.
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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: Happy Light

The best treatment for seasonal affective disorder (sad) is phototherapy using a full-spectrum light (a so-called "happy light").
30 min or so, once to twice a day usually turns folks around pretty quickly without the need for drugs. See your doc for an evaluation and diagnosis. Further, talk to your doctor about checking vitamin d levels, which are likely low in people with this problem.

In brief: Happy Light

The best treatment for seasonal affective disorder (sad) is phototherapy using a full-spectrum light (a so-called "happy light").
30 min or so, once to twice a day usually turns folks around pretty quickly without the need for drugs. See your doc for an evaluation and diagnosis. Further, talk to your doctor about checking vitamin d levels, which are likely low in people with this problem.
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