Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) aims at reducing the symptoms of winter depression or the winter blues. This is a mood disorder that affects some people when daylight hours are shorter — November to March. Connections between human mood, as well as energy levels, and the seasons are well documented, even in healthy individuals.
These normally mentally healthy individuals experience depressive symptoms in the winter, including:
- Anxiety, hopelessness and depression
- Loss of energy/interest in normal activities
- Appetite changes, especially a craving for high-carbohydrate foods
- Weight gain
- Difficulty concentrating and processing information
- Social withdrawal
- Potential risk of suicide
Many reasons have been postulated:
- During the winter, many people don’t get enough vitamin D from sunlight. The decreased sunlight may reduce the efficacy of the brain, retarding the conversion of serotonin into N-acetylserotonin which is a mood enhancer.
- Another theory is that the cause of seasonal affective disorder may be related to excess melatonin, a sleep enhancer, which is produced in dim light and darkness by the pineal gland.
- The body’s circadian rhythm is disturbed from shorter daylight hours.
There is more than one treatment for seasonal affective disorder including:
- Light therapy involves the use of a specialized light as a substitute for sunlight. Patients are exposed to the light for a specified time. This exposure can cause a change in chemicals in the brain that are linked to mood.
- Anti-depressants prescription or over-the-counter medications or vitamin-D supplements up to 1,000 to 2,000 IU a day.
- Some individuals need a combination of light therapy, medication, and psychotherapy.
- Daily exercise has been shown to be helpful, particularly when done outdoors.
- For those who tend to crave sweets during the winter, eating a balanced diet may help one’s mood. Conversely, as the mood improves, craving for sweets may abate.
- A few sessions of Healing Dynamics
Healing Dynamics creates physical and emotional balance in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder along with complete structural rebalancing to take you to your full potential. This holistic approach is a synthesis of several anatomically directed healing techniques, resulting in complete physical and emotional healing. This reinstates every ‘body’ to the highest form of one’s true self. Your transformation occurs via natural healing of the body systems, through correction, realignment and reeducation.
Treatment for these sometimes disabling conditions is offered with Craniosacral Therapy (see video below), Somato Emotional Release and Lymph Drainage Therapy in combination, in order to increase the efficacy of Serotonin conversion in the brain. These methods have been clinically proven to be effective in establishing physical and emotional harmony in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder.
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