Seasonal Affective Disorder

How to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder and The Winter Blues [Infographic]

Most people have heard about Seasonal Affective Disorder and its milder version, the Winter Blues. But at this time of year, when many people are feeling slowed down and disinclined to read a lot of text, we thought it would be a perfect time to present visually some of the key points that most people would like to know about these conditions — and the many things you can do to treat them, without necessarily venturing into a doctor or therapist’s office. The infographic below sets these points out visually. We hope you enjoy it and, more important, find it interesting and helpful.


How to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder and The Winter Blues [Infographic]


Have you experienced, or are you experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder, or the Winter Blues? Please share your stories about the winter — good or bad — with us. We’re always interested to hear from readers. So, don’t be shy. Wishing to light in dark days, straight travel ahead, and a cup of hot cocoa — Norman Rosenthal

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6 Replies to “How to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder and The Winter Blues [Infographic]”

  1. Maria Villarreal says:

    I moved to Portland from Florida this past fall. The lack of sunshine was a severe change for my body. I suspect it was made worse since I am originally from Ecuador, the closest spot to the sun. I was able to get better after a winter break vacation to Florida and a strong resolve to better my habits for a healthier life. This is great a infographic, thank you. I will make sure to pass it along to others in my situation!

  2. JoJo says:

    If you live somewhere like Canada there is nowhere within your nation’s boundaries to relocate. This is a much more feasible option for an American; one can relocate from their home town of Seattle and move to San Diego or Phoenix for example.

  3. A Smith says:

    After many years of having SAD symptoms I was diagnosed by my GP. I found that my best solution was a Lumie SAD Lamp. I managed to get one from Tower Health and used the voucher code from myvouchercodes to get a £5 discount.

  4. ned goldin says:

    what is the most effective SAD lamp?
    thank you .i have severe depression.

  5. Lisa K. Colburn says:

    My son is a medical student at Johns Hopkins. He lost his father when he was fifteeen years old and suffes from SAD. I would like to purchase the light for him. Thank you

  6. KIM GAINES says:

    At 62, I’ve at least grown to know, in my HEALTHIER mind, that I will come out of the Seasonal depressions I have experienced for 15 years…. During that time, I’m pelted with dark thoughts, loss of taste, perceiving bad smells, along with unrelenting depression.
    I’m amazed at how physiologically I’m attacked, and I EXIST on Ensure shakes to replace the food I’ve lost taste for.
    In 2winters I’ve lost over 40lbs
    Thanks for your blog.
    use a light box, take Vitamin D and get moderate exercise, and your tips make me at least feel closer to being as pro-active as possible during the despair of this time.

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