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How to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder

(MyHealthNewsDaily) Winter, for those who live far from the equator, means cooler temperatures, fewer daylight hours and occasional pangs of "winter blues." While these feelings of mild malaise come and go easily for some, each winter signifies a new, unshakable cycle of depression for [some]…
About 1 to 10 percent of adults in the United States suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD)…
The cause of SAD is unknown, but it has been hypothesized that the lack of sunlight disrupts the body's circadian rhythm…
While some SAD sufferers may be too lethargic or depressed to leave the house, outdoor activities and regular exercises can help alleviate the symptoms. A 2007 study by Duke University researchers confirmed that exercise is comparable to antidepressant medication in treating patients with major depressive disorders.
And because the illness is linked to the production of serotonin in the brain and the duration of exposure to bright sunlight, according to a 2002 Lancet study, increasing your exposure to daylight can be comforting.
Community: Dr. Stephen Ilardi has outlined a program to help overcome depression, including SAD.
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