Seasonal Affective Disorder (also referred to as SAD) is a serious affair. It is not just a case of the blues; or winter blues as it is commonly called. In its most serious stages, it can even be life threatening. However, if you suffer from this disorder, there is help; and you should make it a point to get that help; seriously.
While Seasonal Affective Disorder is more likely to affect women, especially those in colder climates, it can happen to anyone; young or old. Just as there are a number of possible causes of SAD, there are a number of treatments that may work for anyone suffering from it. Sometimes one of the treatments may work, and sometimes one who suffers from it may need to try multiple treatments, such as:
1. Exercise and Sunshine
2. Light Therapy
4. Negative Air Ionization
Exercise and Sunshine
On the most basic level, one of the recommended treatments is a do-it-yourself therapy. This would be to get plenty of exercise through outdoor activity on a sunny day. The sunshine and exercise can be very helpful for some patients because dim light is considered to be one of the causes of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and exercise will usually help with the insomnia and fatigue which often accompany the depression.
Another one of the more popular Seasonal Affective Disorder treatments is light therapy. This is done by the use of a light box. A light box which shines a very bright light, much brighter than a conventional bulb would produce, of varying colors (doctors have not agreed yet on what color is best, but green is being favored). The patient takes 30 to 60 minutes per day to sit near the light; but not starring into the light.
Antidepressants are a common medication prescribed for the winter blues. These include but are not limited to: Wellbutrin, Prozac, and Zoloft. The stimulant modafinil may be prescribed at times for those with sleep disorders.
Negative Air Ionization
This Seasonal Affective Disorder treatment is the process of releasing electrically charged particles into the patient’s sleep area. At this point it is not clear as to why this treatment works, but it could possibly be because these ions are also produced by the sun; so the ionization may refer back to the outdoor activity in the sunshine therapy.
Seasonal Affective Disorder treatments are simple. They are sometimes used in conjunction with one another. If you think you might be suffering from SAD, seek medical help right away. It will not hurt you to get treatment, but it could kill you if you don’t.