Seasonal Affective Disorder Autumn is sneaking in and the trees are changing to a kaleidoscope of colours.
So why is it we feel like hiding under the duvet and not coming out until spring? Seasonal Aﬀective Disorder (SAD) is classed by the NHS as a form of depression that has seasonal patterns. It is thought to aﬀect around 7% of the population of the UK each year. It is suspected, but unproven, that a lack of light aﬀects two of the important chemicals produced within our brain called Serotonin and Melatonin. Serotonin is our internal antidepressant. It helps us to maintain a healthy state of mind. It aﬀects our mood, motivation levels and even our appetite.
Melatonin tells us it’s time to sleep. Like a bedtime story it sends us a message in the form of a chemical to make us drowsy. Suﬀerers of SAD produce much higher levels of melatonin and much lower levels of Serotonin.
So how can we help?
Yes we could move to a sunnier climate for the winter, but I am guessing most of us cannot aﬀord to do this.
Light box, light therapy, is now available for suﬀerers of SAD. This is high lux light that a user can put on for between 30-60 minutes per day during How many times winter and even dull days. have you woken up Brightening your day! on a gloomy day in a bad mood? There are drugs, which GPs Now you can can prescribe to alleviate blame your symptoms. Complementary Serotonin! therapies can help to lift an individual’s mood, using various counselling or therapy techniques.
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We have a habit of remembering what happened in the same situation the year before. Therapies such as hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counselling can help to change that inner template. So this year don’t feel like a bear, ready to hibernate until the spring. Pick up your light box, book yourself a therapy session and go and jump in a few puddles on the way. Becky Wells www.BeckyWells.com Personal Development Hypnotherapist
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