Beat the SAD with light therapy
Even with the spring sun starting to show its face, some still live under the dark cloud of seasonal affective disorder.
Statistics on Seasonal Affective Disorder, according to MHA:
-4 out of 5 SAD sufferers are women
-The main age of onset of seasonal depression is between 20 and 30 years of age, however symptoms can appear earlier
-In a given year, about 5 percent of people experience SAD
-These bouts of depression can manifest as episodes classified as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or a series of symptoms known as the winter blues, thought to be triggered by deficiencies in light and Vitamin D exposure, and the consequential impacts on people’s ability to absorb serotonin, according to NYC-based psychotherapist, Katherine Schafler
One US university found that just two weeks of using light box therapy can significantly improve the lives of students struggling with seasonal affective disorder.
Lisa House, clinical psychologist and associate professor at Millersville University, conducted a study published in The Journal of College Student Psychotherapy on the surprising effectiveness of light therapy on college campuses. Her team investigated a sample of 79 college students and found that light therapy improved depression scores, as well as sleeping behaviors. In addition, students who received light therapy had less somatic aches and pains, concentration difficulties, and appetite problems.
Light therapy is a common treatment for seasonal affective disorder, regularizing the patient’s circadian rhythm and balancing melatonin and serotonin.
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