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How can I cope with seasonal affective disorder?

16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Prepare for it when

You are heading into the difficult season (sometimes it's not winter time).
A major factor is getting enough light during waking hours and staying active physically. Getting restful sleep is critical also. Severe sad may require psychiatric care & medication to prevent full blown clinical depression. Be active socially and don't isolate yourself. Be aware and prepare. Do that early in the season.

In brief: Prepare for it when

You are heading into the difficult season (sometimes it's not winter time).
A major factor is getting enough light during waking hours and staying active physically. Getting restful sleep is critical also. Severe sad may require psychiatric care & medication to prevent full blown clinical depression. Be active socially and don't isolate yourself. Be aware and prepare. Do that early in the season.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Joseph Hermann
"Full spectrum" flourescent lighting can be very helpful for many people. It's easy to make your own bank of lights with just a few tools. Consult with a helpful person at Home Depot. or Lowes.
Dr. Paul Schwartz
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Bright light therapy

The treatment of choice for winter depression is bright light therapy, if you have the time to devote to the therapy and can afford a light box (around $250).
Light treatment works best when administered for 30-45 minutes twice a day (upon awakening, and in the evening but not too close to bedtime). Various types of antidepressants seem to be effective for winter depression.

In brief: Bright light therapy

The treatment of choice for winter depression is bright light therapy, if you have the time to devote to the therapy and can afford a light box (around $250).
Light treatment works best when administered for 30-45 minutes twice a day (upon awakening, and in the evening but not too close to bedtime). Various types of antidepressants seem to be effective for winter depression.
Dr. Paul Schwartz
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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Seek help

There are different options available to address seasonal affective disorder.
These include the use of psychotherapy, a therapeutic light box and/or medication. Exercise can also help depression. The best thing to do is talk to a mental health professional about te different options and how to implement them.

In brief: Seek help

There are different options available to address seasonal affective disorder.
These include the use of psychotherapy, a therapeutic light box and/or medication. Exercise can also help depression. The best thing to do is talk to a mental health professional about te different options and how to implement them.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Dr. Alfredo Soto
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