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Winter blues :seasonal affective disorder : what it is and how to overcome itby Norman E Rosenthal
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A revision of the work originally published in 1989 under the title Seasons of the Mind.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Winter isnt a wonderland” for everyone. Every year, millions of us feel our energy levels ebb and spirits fall as the days grow shorter. The condition is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and it can cause depression, reduce your productivity, and make it harder to control your appetite. In this no-nonsense, up-to-date survival kit for weathering the winter blues, Dr. Norman Rosenthal explains what causes seasonal mood swings and what you can do about them. A self-test allows you to evaluate your own level of SAD and helps you determine an appropriate plan of action. The book covers an expanded variety of methods proven to help you feel better--including new developments in light therapy, antidepressant medications, and breakthrough self-help strategies. Convenient menus and easy recipes make sticking to a healthy winter diet more enjoyable, and a new section on the benefits of exercise motivates you to stay active even when its gloomy outside. A step-by-step guide helps you organize your yearly schedule to anticipate seasonal changes, and a special chapter for family and friends teaches loved ones effective ways to show support. Like a ray of light on an otherwise cloudy day. Dr. Rosenthals expertise, warmth, and enthusiasm will inspire you to reclaim the winter months and find ways to celebrate even the darkest days of the year.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 308-310) and index.
About the Author
Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, is internationally recognized for his contribution to the understanding and treatment of depression. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University, a therapist in private practice, and the author of four books, including The Emotional Revolution. Dr. Rosenthal served for over 20 years at the National Institute of Mental Health as a researcher in psychiatry and psychobiology, and has been listed in The Best Doctors in America and the Consumers' Research Council of Americas Guide to America's Top Psychiatrists. He is a sought-after speaker and lecturer, and has appeared on national television and radio programs, including Good Morning America, Today, CBS News, and NPR's Fresh Air and All Things Considered.
Table of Contents
I. Seasonal Syndromes
1. Introduction: Discovering SAD
2. All About SAD
3. How Seasonal Are You?
4. What Causes SAD?
5. SAD in Children and Adolescents
6 "Summer SAD" and Other Seasonal Afflictions
7. Light Therapy
8. Beyond Light Therapy: Other Ways to Help Yourself
9. Psychotherapy and SAD
10. Antidepressant Medications
11. A Step-by-Step Guide Through the Revolving Year
12. "How Can I Help?": Advice for Family and Friends
III. Celebrating the Seasons
13. A Brief History of Seasonal Time
14. Polar Tales
15. SAD Through the Ages
16. Creating with the Seasons
17. Words for All Seasons
18. Winter Light: Life Beyond SAD
Afterword: The End of an Era, 1979-1999
Where to Get Further Help for Seasonal Problems
Dietary Advice, Menus, and Recipes
Appendix A: Daily Mood Log
Appendix B: Core Belief Worksheet
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