Monday, November 23, 2009

Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month

Does colder weather get you down? For many people, the shorter days and long, dark nights of fall and winter can lead to a mild or severe depression known as seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Anyone of any age can develop SAD, although women in their 20s are especially vulnerable. If you notice symptoms like weight gain, daytime sleepiness, increased irritability and anxiety, and social withdrawal in yourself or a loved one, it may be time to seek treatment for SAD.

Coping strategies:
  • Exercise, 3 to 5 times per week (increases endorphins).
  • Exercise outside (helps to increase vitamin D levels).
  • Check with your doctor; vitamin D supplements may be in order.
  • Get sufficient sleep at night.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables to insure proper nutrition.
  • Engage in activities that make you happy, such as a hobby.
  • Start a book club or other group activity to help keep your mind active.


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