Mevsimsel Duygudurum Bozukluğu (SAD) için öneriler…

Mevsimsel Depresyon için 4 öneri, Mayo Clinic Depresyon Merkezi Direktörü ve Psikiyatri Kürsüsü Başkanı, Prof.Dr.Mark Frye ‘dan geldi :

-Dışarı çıkın ! Güneş ışığının yerini hiçbir şey tutamaz…

-Eğer dışarı çıkamıyorsanız  Işık Tedavisi (light box) işe yarayabilir…

-Düzenli egzersiz yapın ! 30 dakika, en az haftada 3 gün…

-Sosyal etkinliklere devam edin…

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According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, nearly 20 per cent of people experience the “winter blues.”

That includes two or three per cent who are estimated to have seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Here’s a press release from the Mayo Clinic which offers some helpful information for those who feel tired and blue, especially during the winter.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — As winter begins, temperatures drop and hours of daylight fade, it’s not uncommon for people to begin feeling sluggish, moody or stuck in a funk. Those symptoms are typical of someone experiencing seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a type of depression that typically occurs during the winter.

Symptoms include sleeping too much, overeating, loss of energy, social withdrawaland difficulty concentrating. People in northern climates are more likely to experience SAD. While many people experience some elements of SAD, Mayo Clinicpsychiatrist Mark Frye, M.D., says you should seek professional help if your symptoms begin to affect your ability to perform at work or take a toll on your personal relationships.

Seeking help is particularly important if you begin to feel hopeless or have thoughts of self-harm, he says. Besides that, Dr. Frye offers these other four tips to keep yourmood and motivation steady throughout the winter:

  • • Get outside. There is no substitute for natural light. If you work during the day, try to go for a walk during a break or lunch.
  • • Light therapy boxes can help boost your mood when you’re unable to get outdoors.
  • • Get regular exercise: at least three times a week for 30 minutes.
  • • Stay social. Interact with family and friends regularly.

Light box as a therapy tool

What causes SAD? Sunlight enters the brain through the eyes, stimulating the production of a neurotransmitter, serotonin, that supports nerve cell functioning, including mood. Less light results in lower serotonin levels. Darkness stimulates the production of melatonin, which promotes sleep. It’s the combination of less serotonin and increased amounts of melatonin that causes SAD.

“There are many people who experience winter blues. However, there are those who are experiencing more serious symptoms,” says William Weggel, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System psychiatrist who sees patients in Wisconsin.

“The good news is that in most cases, we are able to find a treatment plan to help the patient through the winter months.”

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