Blue light. Consider use of a blue light.
SAD. SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5. It is a subtype of major depression. Treating seasonal affective disorder: Light therapy can be very effective. Psychotherapy can also be beneficial. Consider a tropical vacation when it is cold back home. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021047.
Daylight CFL AM SHOWER. I have found that using high wattage daylight cfls in my showers water resistant lug fixture are a great way to combat the winter am blues.
How prevalent is seasonal affective disorder? What are the criteria for a SAD diagnosis? Is it treatable in some cases w/out antidepressants?
SAD. SAD symptoms 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. It is often treated withot use of antidepressants. In the US – 1 to 10% of adults experience SAD but. Read more...