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3 Tricks to Beat Depression during the Wintertime

When it comes to the wintertime, there are many who struggle with depression . . . and you may be one of them.  It appears that depression and winter go hand-in-hand and ultimately make a perfect partnership. Whether it is the weather itself or the “shorter” days, it is a known fact that more people get depressed in the winter than any other season.  In this article, we will expand on three ways to fight wintertime depression; light therapy, talk therapy and melatonin.

Fight depression in the winter months with these three techniques:

Light Therapy
Light therapy is one therapy that most people do not understand and do not know much about. Basically, light therapy involves exposure to the daylight or to specific wavelengths of light, such as lasers, LEDs, fluorescent lamps or dichroic lamps.  Only recently have there been studies proving that light therapy does in fact battle wintertime depression. 

One of the big advantages of light therapy is that it often works instantly, rather than waiting for prescription anti-depressants to kick in.

Talk Therapy
The next way to fight depression during the winter months is talk therapy.  This is one of the most common ways to fight depression anytime, but especially in the wintertime.  Talk therapy is one treatment that has not only been proven many times over, but it helps the depressed patient almost immediately.  Talk therapy does not have to involve a doctor or other professional; it can be helpful to “talk it out” with a friend or colleague.  

Finally, melatonin is often used for winter depression, especially in the case of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Some studies have shown that people who suffer from depression have low blood levels of melatonin, and there are studies in the works regarding melatonin’s ability to raise the body’s serotonin levels (which in turn helps reduce the symptoms of depression). Since it is technically considered a “supplement” there is no official “dosage” for melatonin as it relates to depression. So, it’s probably best to consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before self-medicating.

It’s important to note that wintertime depression is often distinct in that it truly only affects individuals in the winter months. And, while the above treatments can be very effective in treating seasonal depression, they may not be as helpful in addressing cases of chronic depression.

If you suffer from any type of depression, seeking help and treatment is the first and most important step. Contact your healthcare provider to learn more about each of the three techniques discussed above.

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