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:2/27/2017)... PORT RICHEY, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... February 27, 2017 , ... ... use disorder, but concern for women who become dependent on opioid painkillers has fallen ... among female patients, compared to a 237% increase in fatal overdoses in male populations.(1) ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... ... Orange County dentist, Dr. A. Rassouli, comments on the new ... bacteria in plaque infect the gums and other tissues supporting the teeth. Treatment typically ... SRP, and can include surgical therapies if the condition has led to significant damage. ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... ... POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y. – Peer-reviewed guidelines from the International Lyme and Associated ... Disease Control ( CDC ) and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) dismiss any ... into a single volume a compelling argument that the disease does exist in his ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 27, 2017 ... ... center for hair transplantation therapy, is proud to announce a new informational post ... hair therapy procedures. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant and Follicular Unit Transplantation ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 25, 2017 , ... The February 13, 2017, assassination of ... concern over nerve agents and the deadly use of chemical weapons. Many questions exist ... how even small doses can be lethal. , Jay Jagannathan, M.D., of Michigan-based Jagannathan ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/27/2017)... A recent research report published by Grand ... is expected to reach a value of $55.8 billion by 2025. ... 28 states have legalized marijuana for medical uses. In 2016, states ... , North Dakota , Ohio ... the drug in medical applications such as chemotherapies and pain management. ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... 27, 2017 Period October – December 2016 ... result amounted to SEK -16.4 (-6.4) million Result after tax ... before and after dilution Cash flow from operating activities amounted ... ... (0.4) million Operating result amounted to SEK -39.5 (-29.5) million ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to 2025" report to their offering. ... The Global Wireless Health Market is ... next decade to reach approximately $330.5 billion by 2025. ... the given segments on global as well as regional levels presented ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: