10 January 2013

MIND article on Seasonal Affective Disorder



Further to my post on Seasonal Affective Disorder written back in October, a friend recently pointed me in the direction of an excellent article on SAD written by MIND.

You can read the article here: http://www.mind.org.uk/mental_health_a-z/7998_understanding_seasonal_affective_disorder#.UO8Frwxdh84.facebook

As I explained in my previous post, I used to be significantly affected by the changes in light levels and have been using a special lamp, as mentioned in this article, for the last five winters. Well, actually, I use it as suggested which is daily from September until April. This might sound like a drag, but I use it first thing in the morning, in bed, and either read or catch up on emails. By the time I've had half an hour of light treatment I am ready to get out of bed. My energy levels and quality of life have increased significantly since using the lamp. I would say that my winters have been transformed.

Many people seemed to be showing signs of SAD earlier this year because of the lack of sunshine last summer. Let's hope for a sunnier year this year. Lamp or not.

You can read my previous article here: http://amandawilliamsoncounselling.co.uk/2012/10/time-to-stop-being-sad.html

Amanda Williamson is a professional counsellor with a thriving private practice in central Exeter, Devon

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