Most of the people who struggle with SAD do so because of a lack of sunlight. Their bodies need it, and they don’t process it in the same way other people do. Because they aren’t as sensitive to it they need more to keep them going, especially in the wintertime when it’s cold and dark and dreary.
Finding More Sunlight
For some people, the effect of SAD is so pervasive that they move out of areas of the country that traditionally don’t see a lot of sunlight, like the Pacific Northwest. They go to Arizona, Nevada, Florida, or another state where there is a lot of sunshine all year round.
What If You Can’t Move?
Not everyone can pack up and move just because they want to. They have to stay where they are and find another way to deal with SAD. Sunlamps are a good choice, because they trick the body into thinking that the days are longer. You can also go out in the sun for a few minutes, even when it’s cold, so your body can make the vitamin D that it needs.
When Sunlight Isn’t Enough
If sunlight just isn’t enough for you, there are therapies and medications that you can also consider for SAD. That’s good news to the SAD sufferers who don’t see that they’re getting any benefit from sunlamps or who can’t spend more time outside.
Don’t try to deal with SAD alone. It’s a serious condition, and one that’s treatable. Talk to your doctor and let him help you find a treatment plan that works well for you and your particular case of SAD. Everyone is different, but there’s a treatment out there for you.