Once you have a depression diagnosis, your doctor will discuss various depression treatment options with you.
The kind of depression treatment that's best for you depends on the type of depression you have. For example, some patients with clinical depression are treated with psychotherapy, and some are prescribed antidepressants. Others are prescribed antidepressants and psychotherapy. Still others who don't respond to standard depression treatments may opt to try brain stimulation techniques such...
Some of the 6.7% Americans who suffer depression year-round find that their
symptoms get worse in winter.
And countless others have a less severe form, dubbed the "winter
As the days grow shorter, people often find their moods grow darker. Other
symptoms of depression may include:
Getting too much sleep
Taking action early can help you fend off these winter depression symptoms.
Experts believe that SAD stems from a body clock that's out of synch and is
associated with the lack of natural sunlight.
Here’s a winter game plan to keep depression at bay, or lessen its effect,
If You Suffer Winter Depression, Check In With Your Doctor
Start your "game plan" as soon as you notice the first symptoms of
worsening depression, suggests Norman Rosenthal, MD, the leader of the research
team that first identified SAD in 1984 and author of Winter Blues.
Checking in with your doctor is a good first step, he says. That way, you
and your doctor can alter your treatment if you’re already being treated, or
tailor a new treatment plan based on your needs.
Know Your Treatment Options for Depression in Winter
Several treatments have been shown to improve seasonal winter depression.
Among them: light therapy, antidepressantmedication, talk therapy, and the
"People need to mix and match and figure out what works for them,"
says Rosenthal, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University,
Washington, D.C. and a psychiatrist in private practice.
See the Light to Ease Winter Depression Symptoms
Light therapy might be as simple as getting up early and walking outside on
a bright winter morning, Rosenthal tells WebMD. "You can also increase
light in your home," he says "Make one room a sun room."