Navigation Links
Winter Doldrums Got You Down? Here's How to Bounce Back
Date:1/29/2012

SATURDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- For some people a change in the seasons can trigger a loss of energy or even clinical depression, according to an expert who describes how to cope with seasonal affective disorder.

The condition is caused by changes in ambient light, said Dr. Dan Iosifescu, director of the Mount Sinai Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program in New York City.

"A gland in our brain provides a time signal, based on the amount of ambient light, to various parts of the body. Like a metronome, the gland responds to signals from light and uses those cues to orchestrate the day/night cycle," he said in a Mt. Sinai news release. "Ambient light helps our brain determine when our bodies need to be active mentally and physically and when our bodies need to rest. That cycle is thrown off when the days get shorter and darker."

Iosifescu offered the following tips to help people overcome the winter blues:

  • Use extra lights. Turn on all the lights to help you wake up in the morning. In more severe cases of depression, a light therapy box, which simulates natural light, can be used for 30 minutes each day. Taking a walk outside on a particularly sunny day can also help.
  • Exercise. Working out can help ease depression and improve people's moods. Get a minimum of 30 minutes of vigorous exercise, at least three times each week.
  • Stick to a routine. Don't oversleep or avoid the outdoors because it's cold outside. It's important to maintain your normal sleep schedule and continue to make plans and try new activities.
  • Consider supplements. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids can help battle depression, Iosifescu said. Other over-the-counter remedies such as St. John's wort may also have antidepressant effects.
  • Talk to your doctor. Seasonal affective disorder could be confused with a more serious case of depression. Visit your doctor if you have symptoms that are severe and persist for more than a few weeks.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine provides more information on seasonal affective disorder.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Mount Sinai Medical Center, news release, Jan. 23, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. SNMs Conjoint Mid-Winter Meetings continue to advance molecular imaging
2. Exploring the limits: Understanding the challenges facing Winter Olympic champions
3. Three New Ways To Stay Warm This Winter
4. Hawaiian-shirt.net Offers 10 Tips To Beat The Winter Blues: Things You Can Do Right Now to Have a Better Day
5. Community Pharmacists Rise to Meet Winter Weather Challenges, Survey Finds
6. Killed by cold: Heart and stroke deaths peak in winter
7. Winter Runners Reap Physical, Mental Benefits: Expert
8. Winter Skies Still Pose Sun Danger, Experts Warn
9. Genes Influence Vitamin D Levels, But Only in Winter: Study
10. Carbon Monoxide May Be Greater Threat in Winter
11. Take Steps to Avoid Winters Indoor Allergies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... , ... Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) Portland today announced plans ... (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. The group, which is being launched with the help ... opportunity to share stories and advice, seek help, and continue their education on how ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... PA (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... With ... struggling through rehabilitation of an injury, patients must find the one that works for ... his pain, he created a machine that worked and decided to share it with ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... More than half of American teens report ... parents report speaking with their child about sex related topics, less than 60 percent ... is proud to announce the launch of its second edition of the “Sexual Wellness” ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... The PAINWeekEnd Regional Conference will be ... in Honolulu, offering local frontline clinicians the opportunity to extend their certified continuing ... for supplemental training related to pain management has surged dramatically in recent years, ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Rijuven Corp launches rejiva ( http://www.rejiva.com ), ... night. No other wearable health technology on the market can deliver all that rejiva ... more meaningful insights about their health than the usual heart rate and steps taken”, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... , December 2, 2016 bioLytical Laboratories, ein Weltführer ... bei den Mitgliedern des Apothekenbundes von Kenia eingeführt. ... ... INSTI HIV Self Test! (PRNewsFoto/bioLytical Laboratories) ...      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , Dec. 2, 2016   CytoSorbents Corporation ... commercializing its European Union approved CytoSorb ® cytokine ... surgery patients worldwide, announced that Dr. Phillip Chan ... 9th Annual LD Micro Main Event investor conference ... at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... 1, 2016  Today, Simpson Healthcare Executives, a global ... being selected as winners of multiple awards at the ... at the PLATINUM level, Blue Zones Menu at the ... GOLD Level, and our proprietary 3ConneX Platform at the ... Executives, we are excited to showcase our new Platinum ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: