The Different Types of Seasonal Affective Disorder


The Different Forms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

These are some of the symptoms you can expect to find in most aspects of your life. If you find that you’re out of sorts during the winter, pay particular attention to winter-onset SAD. If you find that summer is especially difficult for you, see if your symptoms match up with summer-onset SAD. Finally, if you feel great during the spring and summer but other people find you difficult to deal with, check the symptoms for reverse SAD.

Winter-Onset SAD

Winter-Onset depression occurs during the winter months but not during the rest of the year. This type of SAD evokes a lack of interest in activities you would otherwise enjoy through the warm, summer months. Fatigue and low energy are often symptoms of Winter-Onset SAD, commonly leading to disinterest in completing simple tasks at work and at home. Oversleeping is also a common symptom, causing the affected to sleep in excess of anywhere from 2-8 hours more than they generally sleep during the summer. Additional symptoms include overeating - particularly sweet, starchy foods, resulting in weight gain as well as thoughts of suicide and overall despair.

Summer-Onset SAD

Summer-Onset SAD depression occurs during the summer, manifesting as an irritability and anxiety toward manners that wouldn’t normally trouble you during the winter months. Aggression, as well as a lack of caution in potentially dangerous situations are additional effects of Summer-Onset SAD, as is insomnia, causing you to sleep far fewer hours than you normally would during the winter. Increased sex drive or a lack of rational regarding appropriate sexual behaviour also occurs in many people affected with Summer-Onset SAD, in additional to poor appetite and weight loss. Thoughts of suicide and self harm are also common symptoms of this type of depression.

Reverse SAD

Reverse SAD manifests itself with an unnatural euphoria, hyperactivity, increased social interaction, an over enthusiastic attitude in addition to an overdeveloped sex drive. In extreme cases, people may take on an aggressive aspect to their personality, displaying the illusion that they are invulnerable to harm.

If you fit any of the above statements you may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is suggested that you seek professional therapy. SAD Therapy Lamps are an effective treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder which can eliminate your physical symptoms and alleviate your depression over a course of short, daily exposures. However, should your physical symptoms disappear, but reform internally into feelings of guilt, it may be an indicator of a much larger problem and you are urged to seek medical attention promptly.

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Warm Your Soul with the HappyLight 6000 by Verilux

Well folks, Autumn is officially here… and you know what that means, the days are getting shorter and colder. As the rain falls and the season sets in with all its fury, many people begin to slump into a feeling of listlessness, lacking motivation and energy. These feelings can be tell tale signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or the Winter Blues, which set in during the darker months, when there is simply not enough sunshine to fuel our bodies natural mood enhancers. Nearly 20% of the worlds population is affected with SAD, with woman suffering from it nearly 3 times greater than men.

The key to pulling yourself out of this debilitating slump is actually quite simple, requiring no medication, or even a heavy time commitment. Light therapy can drastically reduce the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder, buy providing your body with the full spectrum light it needs to function happily and healthily. The HappyLight® 6000 from Verilux shines bright with 6000 lux of full spectrum light, chasing away the Winter Blues, while assisting in the regulation of your natural Circadian Rhythms. In as little as 2.5 hours a day, you are able to bask in the recommended dose of light, without leaving your home! Simply sit in front of the illuminated lamp at a slight angle and feel its bright warmth as you craft, read, knit, watch television, work at your computer… anything you would normally do. Light therapy really fits into your lifestyle and is not difficult to become accustomed to.

Designed to be visually pleasing, the HappyLight® 6000 subtly enhances the design of any room, while its minimal size doesn’t take up an excess of space. Equipped with three settings: high, low and off, the HappyLight® 6000 is easy to use, providing the right amount of light, when you need it. The Verilux HappyLight® 6000 boasts the 2010 ADEX (Awards for Design Excellence) platinum award, which is the largest and most prestigious awards program for the product design of furniture, fixtures and finishes.

Start your day with a full dose of warming sun, even when it seems to be absent in the sky.

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Simon the Rooster vs. The Philips Wake Up Lamp

In hopes of proving that the function of the Philips Wake Up Lamp works in helping to coax the body awake while regulating sleeping patterns with gradually fading light, these folks decided to wrangle a couple of participants, Simon the Rooster and a Philips Wake Up lamp, to participate in a little test.

The point of the study was simply this: Could a Wake Up Lamp make Simon crow before the sun’s actual rise? So, Simon’s coop was outfitted with some cameras, and a single Wake Up Lamp… he was then lulled off to sleep in preparation of his approaching earlier than normal morning rise. At 3am the lamp gradually faded in until it reached its maximum brightness, yielding one crowing rooster! Success! The enthusiasm toward the hitch-free experiment is felt as Simon continues to crow into the hours of the early morning.

Here’s hoping that Simon’s Circadian rhythms and sleeping patterns have since been restored!

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Combat S.A.D with the HappyLight Full Spectrum Light Therapy System

As we move toward the fall and winter months, the amount of natural light available for our bodies to absorb is drastically reduced which can have a significantly negative effect on nearly 20% of the worlds population. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, occurs when our bodies are deprived of the full spectrum light they require to function properly. This happens largely in more Northern regions of the world where the seasonal change is much more notable. The symptoms associated with S.A.D. include disturbed sleep patterns, a lack of motivation, listlessness and overall depression. The will to perform simple tasks is depleted and even getting out of bed seems pointless for many. Seasonal Affective Disorder has an adverse effect on our bodies and psyche, disturbing Circadian rhythms and sending perfectly mentally healthy people into a lethargic and depressed state.

But there is something you can do to reverse the damaging effects of SAD, without having to resort to the use of medication. Since S.A.D. occurs upon the reduction of sunlight available for our bodies to absorb, doesn’t it just make sense to find a way to replace that source during the darker months? With the HappyLight Full Spectrum Light Therapy System you can effectively combat Seasonal Affective Disorder and reclaim your life, while restoring your natural Circadian rhythms and positive sleep patterns.

The HappyLight Full Spectrum Light Therapy System (HPLD) by Verilux effectively delivers 10,000 LUX of Full Spectrum Daylight, providing your body with the light it needs to activate your natural mood enhancers. This brightens your demeanour, increasing energy and raising overall spirits. The HappyLight system shines with the maximum light therapy brightness recommended by the National Institute of Health, which allows you to bask in a full days dose of sun in just 30 minutes.

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