Friday, 15 January 2016

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder and how can lighting help?

For those of you who are not sure what Seasonal Affective Disorder – otherwise known as S.A.D
This disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes with each season, the most apparent season where people get the most S.A.D is in the winter period.
There are many symptoms of S.A.D which can include:
    An ongoing low mood
    Feelings of despair and worthlessness
    Gaining weight
    No energy during the day but sleeping throughout the day
To this day doctors from all over the world still don’t fully understand how to catch this disorder, however with this being said that this disorder is linked from not having enough sunlight exposure especially during the autumn and winter months
If you feel like or are showing some of these symptoms of S.A.D the best option is to consider seeing your GP
S.A.D is most common between the ages of 18 and 30, although it can develop at any age.
With this being said, there are many ways to treat S.A.D even from home! We will be talking about the “light Method”
Light therapy is used to treat S.A.D. It involves sitting in front of or beneath a light. These lights produce a very bright light to help with seasonal affective disorder.
A light box mimics outdoor light. Researchers believe this type of light causes a chemical change in the brain that lifts your mood and eases other symptoms of S.A.D.
If you would like to see what other treatments are available please click here -

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