Knowing the signs and how to best treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

first_imgTry these options if you’re feeling a bit down this time of year, and if symptoms continue be sure to see your doctor. “The temperature doesn’t have anything to do with it. But the decrease in sunshine does. The days are shorter and just the way that the Earth and the Sun are situated we are not getting the intense sunlight,” said Dr. Shah. Typically the sun is a little harder to come by this time of year, and it can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder. So how can this be treated? Getting sunlight, whether naturally or through light therapy, is the best place to start. (WBNG) — While sunshine has been a little easier to come by thus far this winter, the season is far from over. “People feel depressed in the months of winter, from November through February let’s say. Their mood could be lowered, mainly lowered from the symptoms of depression,” said Director of Sleep Lab at Lourdes Hospital Dr. Zia Shah. “The key is to get as much exposure to sunshine as we can. So they could take a walk during their lunch break if the sun is out. They could plan some vacation in the south, or where there would be more sunshine,” said Dr. Shah. Two other treatment options work as well if additional sunlight is hard to find. Some of the symptoms include anxiety, fatigue, loss of interest and mood swings. “The second most important thing would be to get exercise. These people would also have decreased Vitamin D levels, and that is one of the causes of decreased exposure of the skin to ultra-violet rays and so forth. But Vitamin D deficiency would make them tired and they could take Vitamin D supplements,” said Dr. Shah. Though this disorder occurs mainly at higher latitudes during the colder months, temperature actually doesn’t play a role.last_img read more