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What can you do to treat seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder, or SAD) if you can't go outside early in the morning?

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Many doctors recommend that people with SAD get outside early in the morning to get more natural light. If this is impossible because of the dark winter months, antidepressant medications or light therapy (phototherapy) may help.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Seasonal Affective Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5.

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

National Institute of Mental Health: Science Update: "Properly Timed Light, Melatonin Lift Winter Depression by Syncing Rhythms."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Seasonal Affective Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5.

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

National Institute of Mental Health: Science Update: "Properly Timed Light, Melatonin Lift Winter Depression by Syncing Rhythms."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

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