Got the winter blues? You’re not alone — Seasonal Affective Disorder is a very common type of depression that affects more than 3 million people in the U.S. every year. Symptoms include fatigue, depression, hopelessness and social withdrawal.
While this mood disorder tends to appear and fade with the seasons, it’s extremely important to monitor your moods and seek treatment if needed. See the chart below for possible treatments to make this season a happier one.
TreatmentMethods of TreatmentHow It Works
Vitamin DLight therapy boxes, dawn simulators, Vitamin D3 supplementsSit in front of a light box for 30 minutes a day (preferably in the morning) to stimulate your body’s circadian rhythms and suppress the natural release of melatonin. Dawn simulators work as alarm clocks, but with intense light instead of loud music and beeping. Take fat-soluble Vitamin D3 supplements with a healthy fat for maximum results.
TherapyCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)CBT is believed to be more effective than light therapy because it teaches people skills and coping mechanisms they can employ at any time, while light therapy requires spending a certain amount of time daily to reap the effects, while not feeling in control of emotions.
AromatherapyVaporized citrus oils Inhaling citrus oils could reduce anxiety and boost both serotonin and dopamine.
Source: Dr. Axe