Norman Rosenthal

Defeating SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder): A Guide to Health and Happiness Through All Seasons

Dr. Norman Rosenthal is the world renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and best-selling author, who first described seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pioneered the use of light therapy as a treatment during his twenty years at the National Institute of Mental Health. A prolific researcher and author, he has authored or co-authored over three hundred scholarly articles and ten popular books. These include Winter BluesPoetry Rx, the New York Times bestseller Transcendence and the national bestsellers, The Gift of Adversity and Super Mind.

In his landmark new book, Defeating SAD, Rosenthal, who first described Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and is the foremost authority on the subject, offers an up-to-date guide to overcoming the miseries and that millions experience with the changing seasons. In his lively style, Rosenthal offers advice on how to identify, treat and overcome both winter and summer varieties of seasonal affective disorder, as well as the less severe yet bothersome winter blues.

Having pioneered the use of bright light therapy for SAD and relying on his decades of experience treating SAD patients Rosenthal offers strategies and techniques for defeating the condition, including cognitive-behavioral approaches, diet and exercise advice, medication, and meditation.

Rosenthal’s warm and friendly professional style will leave the reader feeling as though he has been treated to a consultation with a consummate professional, who has fascinating insights into the condition. The book will help show how to optimize your health and well-being through the seasons.

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“Norman Rosenthal, the pioneering researcher and psychiatrist who put seasonal depression on the map, has given the public a real gift in Defeating SAD—a totally up-to-date, fascinating exploration of seasonal depression that is at once scientifically rigorous, practical, and written in delightfully clear and plain English. From the neuroscience of SAD and its evolutionary significance to its treatments—like bright light therapy, psychotherapy and practical lifestyle changes—Rosenthal helps readers understand SAD and, best of all, to conquer it. We can’t all be lucky enough to have Dr. Rosenthal as our psychiatrist, but everyone can benefit from his invaluable book.”
—Richard A. Friedman, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical
College, and writer for the New York Times and The Atlantic

Defeating SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder): A Guide to Health and Happiness Through All Seasons


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I predict that Poetry Rx will make good on the promise of its subtitle for a broad range of readers seeking renewal and inspiration through the art of poetry. It is also a great read, entertaining as it teaches. These are, after all, poems the doctor ordered. But what a doctor! And what poems!
- Peter Sacks, Harvard University. (Professor of English, Harvard)
Reading Poetry Rx allowed me not only to enjoy poetry for the first time, but to be transformed by it.
- Katie Finneran, Two-time Tony Award Winning Actress