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Ending Seasonal Affective Disorder

The cold days grow farther apart, flowers push up past dead leaves, and birds begin their happy songs. Spring has finally arrived!

Although nature shows obvious signs of responding to the change in seasons, what about sufferers of SAD? Can they expect some relief from winter's end?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression aptly named. As the fall and winter months approach, a sufferer's mood deteriorates. As the colder months and shorter days recede, and warmer, longer days approach, the sufferer's mood improves. Like a flower bulb that lies dormant during the winter, a person affected by SAD typically focuses on surviving until the winter months have ended. This is a necessity to maintain even a semblance of health as the symptoms are varied and can be debilitating without attempting to manage them. Symptoms of SAD include:

Living with these symptoms for months can be quite taxing, so the arrival of spring and thus a reprieve from SAD is a welcome change. But just as the symptoms of SAD usually worsen gradually as winter progresses, the reversal of these symptoms is gradual too. The reversal of these symptoms is typified by:
While patience is needed as you feel the burden of SAD lightening, there are a few things that you can do to expedite the improvements you feel.

From those of us who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, winter is not a wonderland. Instead, it is a time of year filled with dread and a longing for warmer, brighter days. As spring arrives, take advantage of your body's natural reaction to the new season! Enjoy the feeling of your SAD symptoms drifting away.

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