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
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:
How is SAD treated?
- Feeling "out of sorts"
- Increased appetite
- Weight gain
- Excessive sleeping
- Decreased energy & interest
Inability to concentrate
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