Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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SAD (seasonal affective disorder) Home Care

Home care for seasonal affective disorder may include:

  • Light therapy for seasonal affective disorder:
    • Exposure to very bright lights for 2 hours per day
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
  • Do not miss counseling sessions:
    • Counseling sessions help reduce the symptoms of depression.
    • Counseling helps you understand life situations that make your depression worse.
    • Counseling also teaches you effective ways to cope with the illness.
    • If your depression is under control, regular counseling can reduce the risk that symptoms will return.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Get help for drug abuse.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Consider joining a depression support group.
  • Discuss your feeling with your family and friends.
  • Focus on activities that make you feel better.
  • Take part in activities with others. Do not isolate yourself.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol and illicit substances.
  • Anxiety and stress can make your depression harder to control:
  • Ask your doctor about relaxation therapy or physical therapy.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is low in fat.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking B vitamin supplements:

SAD (seasonal affective disorder) Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have seasonal affective disorder and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed SAD (seasonal affective disorder) References
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