Dec 11, 2017
So many of us are affected by
the winter blues or seasonal affective disorder. I talk about ideas
for natural and more holistic treatments to prevent and fight this
condition on today’s episode #11.
In this episode of the Clean Eating for Women podcast, I
Seasonal Affective Disorder is considered a type of
signs of major depression.
and causes of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Some highlights of this episode:
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a depression that starts in the late
fall or early winter and goes away in spring or summer.
depression is feeling depressed most of the day, problems with
sleep, frequent thoughts of death, feeling hopeless or worthless,
losing interest in activities, changes in appetite or weight, and
difficulty concentrating. [16:31]
- Symptoms of seasonal depression include having
low energy, hypersomnia, overeating, weight gain, craving
carbohydrates, and social withdrawal. [17:12]
factors are being female, living where you don't get as much
sunshine, family history of depression, you've had depression
before, and being younger. [18:19]
- Serotonin levels can be a cause. As well as
over producing melatonin. Vitamin D deficiency can also be a cause.
- Treatments include light therapy,
antidepressants, cognitive therapy or a therapist, and vitamin D
supplementation. More natural treatments include herbs,
supplements, movement, and diet. [23:48]
experience of feeling like I had Seasonal Affective Disorder last
year. I had a lot of risk factors including family history of
depression. My cat died. I was under-medicated for thyroid issues.
I stopped going to the gym. [25:44]
of how I came out of this include seeing a functional medicine
doctor, switching up my exercise, getting foster kittens, and I
went to Hawaii with my husband. This year I try to get outside for
at least 20 minutes, spend time with friends, I have a lamp for
SAD, I take Vitamin D, St. John's Wort and 5 HTP.
on your diet and exercise routine, focus on your self-care, eat
clean, talk with your healthcare provider about supplements, and
get quality sleep. [41:03]
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