Navigation Links
Winter Depression May Require Treatment Plan

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Feeling sluggish or moody when it's darker and cold outside is not uncommon, but it could be a sign of seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that develops during the winter.

If sleepiness, social withdrawal and difficulty concentrating interfere with work or personal relationships, it's time to seek help, according to experts from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Professional help is particularly important for those who begin to feel hopeless or have thoughts of self-harm, advised Dr. Mark Frye, a Mayo psychiatrist.

"There are many people who experience winter blues. However, there are those who are experiencing more serious symptoms," added Dr. William Weggel, a Mayo Clinic Health System psychiatrist, in a Mayo news release. "The good news is that in most cases, we are able to find a treatment plan to help the patient through the winter months."

In most cases, people with seasonal affective disorder -- often referred to as SAD -- can take steps in their daily lives to ease their symptoms, these experts pointed out. They offered the following tips to help people stay motivated and avoid the winter blues:

  • Take a walk outside. Sunlight reaches the brain through the eyes, stimulating the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects mood. Less light results in lower serotonin levels. Darkness also triggers the production of melatonin, which promotes sleep. So, exposure to natural light can help ease symptoms of SAD.
  • Light therapy boxes can be used as a substitute for natural light for those who can't get outside.
  • Exercise 30 minutes a day, three times a week.
  • Socialize regularly with friends and family members.

One in five Americans has seasonal affective disorder, and 75 percent of those affected by the condition are women. People in northern climates are also more likely to experience SAD.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on seasonal affective disorder.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, Dec. 6, 2012

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Doctors Advice People to Get Zoster Vaccine During Winters – VyGone Introduces Ultimate Zoster Vaccine
2. CGJ-Shop Introduced its Winter Jacket 2013 Collection, and Launched a Promotion to Expand its Online Market Share
3. New Way to Fight the Winter Blues (SAD): Use Glasses from Photonic Developments LLC that Block Blue Light
4. NYS Athletic Trainers’ Association Collaborating with NYS Academy of Family Physicians at Annual Winter Weekend Conference
5. Dr. Sam Speron Says Winter Time Is A Great Opportunity For Laser Vein Removal Treatments
6. Winter Weather, Snow Shoveling Pose Heart Risks
7. Mercy Health System Physician Reports on Important Steps To Take To Avoid Winter Sports Injuries
8. Rooted Nutrition Announces All-New Classes for Winter Session
9. Spread the Purple Launches New Website Just in Time for Winter Holiday Giving Season
10. Wright & Schulte LLC Encourages Drivers to Review Safe Winter Driving Tips
11. Tips for Warding Off Winter Allergies
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Winter Depression May Require Treatment Plan
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer care, and are ... the eye of the beholder, according to experts who offered insights and commentary in ... Managed Care. For the full issue, click here . , For the American ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many women are ... with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only alleviate symptoms ... can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. The specialists ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice ... States, named Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm ... Medical Director of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... A ... procedures that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that ... but also many of these less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law ... magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are ... , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Bay Area ... Network,s Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness ... and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University of California, ... today announced the five finalists of Lyme ... disease.  More than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) ... would allow biopharmaceutical companies to more easily share health ... and coverage decisions, a move that addresses the growing ... The recommendations address restrictions in the sharing of ... label, a prohibition that hinders decision makers from accessing ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. ... The World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the world market ... the report includes the following: , World ... Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , World IVD ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: