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December 23, 2016

Learn the Signs for Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Nate Gilbraith

Winter can be a very common time for symptoms of seasonal affective disorder to start kicking in, like moodiness, low energy and irritability. The lack of sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin and disrupt your sleeping patterns, as well as your internal clock, which can cause feelings of depression. But you’re not alone and brighter days are ahead! Keep track of your moods and symptoms so that you can discuss them with your doctor and find a treatment plan together.

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Has anyone tried the Light Box? – Supposed to be 10,000 lumens – whatever that is? Seems like a good thing to have?

I just got one this year. I can definitely tell a difference, as this is the time of year when I usually struggle the most. I use it about 20 minutes a day, in the morning. It’s never immediately after I get up, but it’s about the same time every day. I researched and bought the Day Light Classic Plus, by Carex. I imagine any of them would provide the same results, though.

@shirleymac

I just got one this year. I can definitely tell a difference, as this is the time of year when I usually struggle the most. I use it about 20 minutes a day, in the morning. It’s never immediately after I get up, but it’s about the same time every day. I researched and bought the Day Light Classic Plus, by Carex. I imagine any of them would provide the same results, though.

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I struggled for years also, thanks for the reminder of starting in the morning.
I add quality healthy food to round off my therapy.
Here is a Mayo reference to the foods I eat…

https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolinekee/get-your-vitamins-from-foods-not-a-pill?utm_term=.xfMQ7pjDp9&linkId=32553216#.wxAP5kX4k6

My light is only 5000 Lum, seems to work when used daily.
I add quality healthy food to round off my therapy.
Here is a Mayo reference to the foods I eat…

https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolinekee/get-your-vitamins-from-foods-not-a-pill?utm_term=.xfMQ7pjDp9&linkId=32553216#.wxAP5kX4k6

Found these links in another PN group I belong to on vitamin D and benefits of sunlight. I thought it may be helpful to this discussion group. I find having a window right next to my computer helps with the exception of those cold grey days of Winter.

Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health
NCBI – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2290997/

Sunlight offers surprise benefit: It energizes infection fighting T cells
Science Daily – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161220094633.htm

Vitamin D deficiency in patients with primary immune-mediated peripheral neuropathies.
NCBI – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25115500

I am vitamin D deficient and it actually causes me pain to take supplements. I am very interested in a light box. That, or moving to California.

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