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

Vote for Williamson, England’s Stokes tells New Zealanders

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he was flattered to be nominated for New Zealander-of-the-Year but the country’s beaten World Cup cricket captain Kane Williamson should win it.Stokes, 28, was born in New Zealand but moved to England at the age of 12 when his father Gerard took a rugby league coaching job.A man-of-the-match performance in England’s dramatic super over victory against New Zealand in this month’s World Cup final earned Stokes some early nominations for New Zealander-of-the-Year, according to the nation’s media.In a statement issued through his management yesterday, Stokes said that while he was proud of his New Zealand and Maori heritage the nomination “would not sit right”.“I feel the whole country should align their support to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He should be revered as a Kiwi legend. He led his team in this World Cup with distinction and honour,” Stokes said.“He was the player of the tournament and an inspirational leader of men. He shows humility and empathy to every situation and is an all-round good bloke. He typifies what it is to be a New Zealander.“He would be a worthy recipient of this accolade. New Zealand, fully support him. He deserves it and gets my vote.”Nominations for the award opened on July 1 and will close on September 15. A shortlist is confirmed in December, with the winner named next February.The last sportsman to win the award was former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in 2016 after he led the side to their second successive Rugby World Cup title in late 2015.last_img read more