How to Get Rid of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a depression that happens during the same season of the year. It primarily occurs during the winter months where days are shorter and thus exposure to sunlight is limited. It is also most common in women, those under the age of 55, and those with a relative with SAD.


How do I know if I have seasonal affective disorder?

  • Feelings of sadness, grumpiness and anxiety
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Eating more carbs
  • Gaining weight
  • Sleeping more
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Irritability


How can I prevent SAD?

There is no way to prevent seasonal affective disorder, but you can treat the symptoms. If you suffer from SAD, the best way to control the symptoms is to preemptively begin treatment before you begin to show symptoms.


How can I treat SAD?

  • Light therapy helps to reset your biological clock and should be done during the entire season in which you suffer.
  • Physical activity helps to alleviate depression through the release of endorphins.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet to avoid weight gain and the depression that comes with it.
  • St. John’s Wort has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of depression. Do not take it if you are taking anti-depressants.
  • Melatonin helps to reset the biological clock.
  • Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Enjoy basmati rice. It slowly releases its sugars helping to prevent a sudden drop in blood sugar.
  • Bouillon is filling and reduces food consumption while still taking away your carb cravings.
  • Enjoy fruits that raise serotonin levels such as apples, pears, grapes, plums, grapefruits, and oranges.
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