Seasonal Affective Disorder


The appearance of a depression and other emotional downturns in an individual during the winter, and which gradually fades away by the time warmer months arrive during the spring and summer of the next year is known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD for short. SAD is a peculiar condition, and it cannot be compared to the downcast mood that most people feel on the onset of winter, it is therefore not a simple change in the emotions of the person or a usual swing in mood, it is a defined disorder. The symptoms of SAD can be compared to attacks of depression in a person as it closely resembles this condition, it can totally put the person out of sync with his or her surroundings or it can be merely irritating and persistent. Exhaustion and fatigue set in, the person loses the ability to concentrate on tasks and loses focus, and the person in addition to this he or she experiences a loss of initiative and this disturbs all normal activities that the person carries out on a daily basis. Other psychological symptoms include bouts of crying and abrupt mood changes and emotional swings. Sleep is disturbed and problems like wakefulness at night ensue.

Things you can do ~


Herbs:  The fresh juices of green leafy herbs like the parsley, the watercress and the dandelion can be used at doses of a tbsp. a day to stimulate the performance of the liver. Depression and melancholic states can be alleviated by drinking the juice made from the borage herb, use a tbsp. of this juice daily as the properties of this juice are the stimulation of the body, the elevation of mood and the promotion of energy levels in the person. The patient’s energy levels can be restored and depression can be relieved by drinking tea made from the roots of the licorice herb, the St. John’s wort herb and the wonderful all purpose ginseng herb, drink this tea at least three times daily, this tea can be prepared by boiling a tsp. of the herbs in a cup of water and straining the resulting fluid.

When winter arrives and during the season, it is recommended that you exercise the body by walking outdoors everyday for a short time as far as possible. Prescription and contact lenses must not be worn and avoid shades or dark glasses. A better mood can be induced on exposure to the minimal sunlight and the fresh air outdoors even on cloudy days during the winter months. Using sunlight simulating methods such as full spectrum lighting, which is the best form of all artificial lights, can further alleviate the symptoms of SAD in the person.

Also - Vitamin D supplementation is usually necessary.  A typical daily dose is 3-4000 IU.


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