The holidays have a tendency to bring out the best and the worst in people. While you might find yourself feeling a little blue and down in the winter, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you dislike the holidays. You may suffer from a condition that doctors call Seasonal Affective Disorder.
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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a medical condition characterized by feelings of sadness and depression. It typically occurs during the long winters, which is when you find yourself spending more time inside and less time out of your home. Many patients find that the symptoms start during the early part of the winter or the late part of autumn and continues into the spring. Some patients diagnosed with SAD feel so depressed that they have a hard time being around their loved ones or doing their favorite activities.
Type of Treatments
Doctors will sometimes recommend prescription drugs for patients with SAD. As many patients only experience blue feelings for a few months out of the year, many doctors find that prescription drugs aren’t effective. A better type of treatment is light therapy. Using a bright light and asking that patients expose themselves to that light for a specific amount of time every day or week lets doctors treat patients dealing with SAD. You can easily use those lights at home. Click here to find out how you can order a light therapy machine for your home.