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Information on Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D)

Information on Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D)

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, approximately ten percent of Americans currently suffer from SAD and related disorders. SAD is a disorder characterized by drastic mood swings and depression that occur during the winter months.

What are the Common Symptoms? SAD sufferers have the following symptoms that occur during the fall/winter months and diminish in the spring:
  • Depression
  • Feeling "out of sorts"
  • Irritability
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Decreased energy & interest Inability to concentrate

How is SAD treated? In 1980, Dr. Alfred Lewy discovered that bright light blocks the release of melatonin and helps relieve seasonal depression. Light therapy is the most common treatment and usually involves sitting in front of a light box for approximately thirty minutes each day. It is suggested that the brightness of the light be 10,000 lux. Consult a physician before starting any light therapy.

Where can I get more information? You can write for info here:
National Organization for SAD Seasonal Studies Program
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892

National Institute of Mental Health
P.O. Box 40190
Washington, DC 20016

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