Seasonal Affective Disorder

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What is seasonal affective disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Here are some seasonal affective disorder facts and information:

  • What causes seasonal affective disorder? It has been theorized that the shorter days of winter and decreased levels of exposure to sunlight increases melatonin levels in people.
  • The symptoms of seasonal affective disorder can be emotionally, physically, and psychologically devastating.
  • Symptoms include lethargy, increased desire to sleep, carbohydrate cravings, mood swings, social problems, anxiety, and depression.
  • Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
  • Seasonal affective disorder treatment is given by using seasonal affective disorder lamps. Light therapy for seasonal affective disorder (phototherapy) involves sitting in front of a special lamp, or light box, to create a biochemical change in the brain to normalize melatonin levels.
  • Many people find relief by regularly using home or salon tanning beds.
  • Always consult your physician if you think you may have seasonal affective disorder or any other type of disorder.

   

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