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How to Cope with Seasonal Depression

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By: Taylor Healey

What’s Seasonal Depression?

With the Holiday season having just ended a lot of people are feeling the winter blues. While you might think that this is just a funk, there’s nothing wrong with getting help. So what exactly is Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD? SAD is a form of depression that normally comes around in the winter and is gone by the summer. The disorder is caused by an imbalance in the brain due to the lack of sunlight in the winter months. 

Ways to cope

Talk to your doctor

The best way to treat SAD is to talk to your doctor. SAD is a serious disorder that can affect your day-to-day life. Once talking to your doctor they can determine the best course of action. 

Go outside

Since one of the causes for SAD is the lack of sunlight being outside in the sun might reduce your symptoms. Waking up earlier so you can have more outside time is also recommended. 

Bright Light Therapy 

Bright light therapy is a great way to get more light and vitamin D. The lights that are used in this therapy give off some similar benefits to sunlight. Scientists recommend using the lightboxes in the morning. 

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