Articles For Dr. Sarah Denham, D.O. in Lansing, MI
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a subset of depression symptoms and mood disorders that occur during the winter months from November to March. It can start as early as the fall and end as late as Spring.It affects us because of the cold harsh winter in Michigan. The sun is not out for as long as it is in other places closer to the equator, and the risk factor is higher for SAD the further from the equator. The light can be less, and less exposure to the sun can make people much more predisposed to depression.I was trained traditionally but have a holistic approach to care, so I has a lot of tools in my toolbox. One thing I has found that helps SAD is light therapy. Patients sit in front of a light therapy lamp twenty or thirty minutes a day.Supplements can also help maintain a healthier mood, as does healthy eating and exercise habits. I’d suggest to come in and get labs evaluated to make sure vitamin levels are normal. With life in Michigan, people have a risk of low Vitamin D as well. I also recommend getting 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunlight onto your skin when it is possible. One thing you can do is plan a trip if you can afford it to get some more sun on your skin and break up the monotonous winter months. I know a lot of people who take a two-to-three-week vacation and it helps tremendously.