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 stop antidepressant medications without talking to your doctor.
- 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:
Seasonal Affective Disorder Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have seasonal affective disorder and any of the following:
- Thoughts of harming yourself
- Thoughts of harming someone else
- Inability to function at home or work
- Inability to take prescribed medications
- Worsening symptoms of depression
Continue to Seasonal Affective Disorder Complications
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