Seasonal depression, which is often referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), affects millions of Americans each year. The condition is triggered by the changing of the seasons – particularly the shift from summer and fall to winter.
Seasonal depression can have a huge impact on the lives of those affected by it. The good news is that there are many ways to prevent and treat the matter, from changing one’s diet to using special devices designed to replicate warmer and brighter conditions…
Lack of sunshine is one major cause of seasonal depression. Without access to sunshine (and a steady supply of vitamin D), our bodies fail to produce the hormones that make us feel good. During winter, we often go to work in the dark and leave in the dark, making it hard to get any sun.
A light box may represent a solution. These devices—also known as light therapy boxes—mimic sunshine, effectively tricking our brains into thinking we’re sitting on a beach in the warm summer sun. Those with SAD are encouraged to use such devices for about half an hour each day.