Dealing with seasonal affective disorder

Days are growing shorter with fall fast approaching, and for many, that means seasonal affective disorder (SAD) will soon creep in. Many people experience symptoms of SAD and don’t know what it is. If you start feeling depressed, hopeless, anxious, fatigued or withdrawn at the onset of winter, you may have SAD. Other symptoms can include appetite changes and weight gain and a loss of interest in your favorite activities.

It’s important to recognize the difference between seasonal affective disorder and general depression because treatment may be different. Some people with SAD report excellent results with light therapy, which requires sitting in a box with light that mimics outdoor settings.

If you need a boost of energy this fall, consider a vitamin supplement like those offered by Dr. Newton’s Naturals. Natural Energy contains energy and immunity-boosting vitamins like vitamin C, riboflavin and B6 to help get you going, even when the weather seems grim.

Phototherapy and vitamin supplements are excellent ways to boost your mood without having to turn to a harsher prescription drug. Lighten up with vitamins and enjoy a happy, healthy winter.

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