Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder affects a lot of people every year- throughout the whole year. Some people think it’s just a wintertime condition you suffer from. This is not true; the change of season, no matter what season it is can negatively impact your mood and sense of well being if you have Seasonal Affective Disorder.

One of the most common times that people struggle with is wintertime. This is due to the lack of sunrays, thus decreasing the exposure one gets to vitamin D. Vitamin D acts as “happy” drug and induces the brain’s production of seratonin.

If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder increase your intake of vitamin D with oral supplements. Another option is a sunlamp you can use in your home. These are referred to as medium pressure lamps and are small and convenient. Sunlamps put out UVB light- it’s not harmful to your skin. The lamps that are used in tanning salons are high pressure lamps that emit UVA light that damages your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer. If you have the opportunity to bask in real sunshine, like going on a vacation, use sunscreen on your face to protect it. You’ll still get the benefits of vitamin D exposure.

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