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Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) -- Diagnosis and Treatment

Home Remedies for Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Take a walk at lunchtime when the sun is high. Be outdoors as often as you can.
  • Exercise as much as you are able.
  • Take winter vacations in places with long days.
  • Increase the natural light in your home by trimming low-lying branches near the house and hedges around windows.
  • Paint your walls with lighter colors.
  • Keep warm and enjoy the fun aspects of winter - such as wood fires, books, music.
  • If all else fails and you can manage it, spend time in a sunnier climate.

It is critically important to have early detection and treatment of any depression, including but not limited to SAD. Untreated depression can cause:

  • Impairment of quality of life
  • Loss of job, productivity
  • Breakdown of family, marriage, and/or relationships
  • Substance abuse and its complications
  • Suicide
  • Violent behavior (rare)

 

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on April 12, 2014

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