Seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that typically occurs during certain times of the year, usually in the winter months. Understanding this condition is crucial for both those affected and their loved ones, as it can significantly impact daily life.
Light Therapy: One of the main treatments for SAD is light therapy or phototherapy. This involves exposure to a bright light that mimics natural outdoor light, usually for about 30 minutes each day during the depressive months.
Maintain a Regular Schedule: Keeping a regular schedule can help regulate your body’s internal clock. This includes waking up, eating, and going to bed at the same time each day.
Stay Active by attending a MetroHealth event:
Regular physical activity can boost your mood and energy levels. Even a daily walk in natural daylight can be beneficial.
Connect Socially in the MetroHealth Community: Make new friends at a MetroHealth weekly class! Social interaction is important. Try to maintain regular contact with friends and family, whether in-person or virtually .
Professional Help, speak with you provider: If your symptoms are severe, it may be helpful to seek professional help. A therapist can provide counseling or recommend medications like antidepressants.