How to Help a Person With Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Sometimes family and friends are not sure how to help someone who is
experiencing symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Here are some
suggestions for helping someone with SAD:
Spend time with your loved one even though the
person may be withdrawn or quiet.
Remind the person that he or she
will feel better with treatment and time.
Offer to help with daily
tasks that temporarily may be too difficult to do alone. It is important,
however, that you do not enable the person to remain in the depressive episode
by taking over all of the daily responsibilities.
Take a walk or
do some other type of exercise activity together. Getting out in the morning
sunlight for a walk may be helpful.
Help the person to stick with
the prescribed treatment plan.
If you have questions or concerns about this, talk with a health
professional about what you can do to help a family member who is depressed due
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Alfred Lewy, MD, PhD - Psychiatry
July 7, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 07, 2010
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