"It's Time for SAD
(Seasonal Affective Disorder) Take
By Susan Dunn
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects about 5% of us severely and perhaps
25% of us more mildly. Women and young adults are more likely to suffer
It's a form of depression that, according to the National Mental Health
Association (NMHA), is a real illness with sometimes severe symptoms. It's
worse in January and February, though starts as early as September.
SAD is believed to be caused by melatonin, a sleep-related hormone secreted by
the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin production increases in the dark, so in
the winter, when the days are shorter and darker, production increases, causing
symptoms of depression.
SAD is extremely rare for people living within 30 degrees of the Equator, where
daylight hours are long and extremely bright.
Sleep problems, lethargy, overeating, depression, social problems, anxiety, loss
of libido, mood changes, and a weakened immune system.
Light suppresses the secretion of melatonin, so for lighter cases, get outside
more, exercise outside, and arrange for more light at work and at home.
Developing your emotional intelligence can help you become more aware of the
effects, and achieve a better emotional lifestyle overall. Negative
emotions, and SAD can impact the immune system, which is our health, and our
only line of defense against viruses. So be proactive - - study EQ, and
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Watch the cosmetics and lotions you use as well, so you don't assault yourself
further with toxic chemicals. What you put on your skin is absorbed into
You may also want to consider phototherapy in more severe cases. A light
box can be used that emits very bright light through a filter.
Please check with your personal physician if you think you have SAD.
©Susan Dunn, MA, certified Emotional Intelligence Coach,
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