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Positive Options for Seasonal Affective Disorder (Sad)by Fiona Marshall
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SAD is depression caused by lack of natural light. People who have limited exposure to light, and people who live in northern climates are most likely to suffer from SAD, though many people undergo seasonal variations in mood, energy, appetite and sleep. With SAD, sufferers experience an exaggerated version of these changes. Full-blown SAD can be extremely debilitating; the sufferer finds it difficult to carry out normal activities.
The disease is often undiagnosed because the symptoms are general enough that they can be attributed to a variety of causes. SAD can be treated with or without medicine, depending on the severity. The book describes helpful changes to eating patterns and vitamin and mineral supplements, ways of adapting your lifestyle to take advantage of the daylight, as well as lightbox therapies.
The book distinguishes SAD from classic depression, chronic fatigue, and other illnesses with similar symptoms. It also explains the alarming physical effects of lack of sunlight, which include a greater risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and even cancer.
Written in an informal style, with helpful tips and advice, this book is important for anyone who ever questioned their feelings on a cloudy day or during the winter months.
- 10 million Americans suffer from SAD
Popularly known as the winter blues,” Seasonal Affective Disorder is an often misdiagnosed disorder that is caused by a lack of natural light. It can become so disabling that it affects the sufferers quality of life. This complete sourcebook shows how to cope with and overcome the problem using a variety of strategies. Written in an easy, informal style, this book is important for anyone overly affected by a cloudy day or the long winter months.
Table of Contents
What is SAD? — Sunlight starvation — The symptoms of SAD — Serotonin and other factors — How to help yourself: an action plan — Heliotherapy: a history — Light therapy for SAD — Nutrition and SAD — Exercise and SAD — Other treatments.
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