6 Main symptoms of Seasonal affective disorder-
Seasonal affective disorder, also known as winter depression or winter blues; is a mood disorder, in which people, who have normal mental health throughout, most of the year; experience depressive symtoms in winter, year after year.
- Difficulty waking up in the morning,
- tendency to oversleep or overeat and
- especially a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain.
- Other symptoms- include a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating on completing tasks; withdrawal from friends, family and social activities. All of these leads to depression, pessimism and lack of pleasure; which put a stamp that a person is, suffering from this disorder.
Seasonal affective disorder or winter depression, can be successfully treated with-
- Bright light therapy- This involves, sitting in front of full spectrum lights that mimic sunlight, on a regular basis; typically for about 30 minutes to 60 minutes, each morning. Sometimes 1 or 2 weeks, are sufficient; but some patients, will need this, for whole season. More important is, presentation of the reoccurence of, this kind of depresive episodes; over subsequent winter seasons.
- Cogintive behavioral therapy- could represent a more effective, practical and palatable approach to; long term seasonal affective disorder managment than light therapy.
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