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S.A.D - September 8th 2009, 07:23 PM

Has anyone been diganosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder and if so, what treatments have/are you going/gone through?


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Re: S.A.D - September 8th 2009, 11:57 PM

I haven't been but my aunt is. She doesn't believe in medication, but she has this big lamp thing that she uses in winter that does seem to help her, she keeps it in her office and she goes on the computer while she uses it.
   
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Re: S.A.D - September 9th 2009, 12:13 AM

S.A.D. runs in my family to different degrees. For me, a light box has made all the difference. What it does is mimic actual sunlight so your body is getting the endorphins and other good chemicals that it needs to stabilize and feel happy/content. I'd REALLY recommend a light box. The other, easy, thing you can do is make sure that you are outside for at least 20 minutes each day, whether it's raining or snowing or sunny. You will get sunlight even if it's not a summery day and your body needs it. Exercise helps as well.

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Re: S.A.D - September 9th 2009, 11:12 AM

Hi there Jaymi,

I haven't personally been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I understand that it can be very difficult to cope with, especially during the autumn/winter seasons.
There are a few things that you can try to specifically try and combat the effects of SAD, for example taking an antidepressant medication if it is prescribed to you, talking therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Light therapy (Phototherapy) which is a very common and very effective treatment for SAD. You can buy these boxes on the internet and it is recommended that you're exposed to the bright light for 30 minutes each day during autumn and winter.
Of course, there are also things that you can do in your daily life to help yourself such as trying to sit near windows, try to get outside, avoid stress and of course regular exercise and eat a well-balanced diet.

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Re: S.A.D - September 9th 2009, 05:03 PM

Often, SAD is treated very similarly to depression, although as is somewhat clear from the responses so far, it isn't treated with medication often. Light therapy (i.e. light boxes) are the most recent approach, and have been shown to be very effective, not to mention cost effective compared to medication (i.e. only one initial investment, no side effects, etc.).

I can't speak to the effectiveness from personal experience, though, as I've never had SAD. I just know what I've learned from my undergrad work in Psychology.
   
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Re: S.A.D - September 9th 2009, 10:11 PM

Im on an anti-depressant for my illness (not s.a.d)

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