Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Are You SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder

(I don't know whose baby that is)

What is it?
SAD is a type of depression that affects people during different times of the year, specifically in the winter months. It is commonly referred to as the "winter blues."

Loss of Energy
Social withdrawal
Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
Weight gain
Difficulty concentrating and processing information

Though experts cannot completely explain the cause of SAD, many believe it to be directly related to a lack of sunlight.

Is there a Treatment?
Many doctors will prescribe a light therapy, psychotherapy, or medication

And guess what? Health Services offers LIGHT THERAPY! You can come down to Health Services in the basement of Alumni (or also the Personal Health Counseling Office in Klein) anytime during office hours and sit by the your homework, relax, chill out, anything you want to do. There is wireless so you can even creep facebook if you'd like. Anything really... and it's FREE

Using light therapy, also called phototherapy, you sit a few feet from a specialized light therapy box so that you're exposed to bright light. Only 30 minutes is needed each session. Light therapy mimics outdoor light and appears to cause a change in brain chemicals linked to mood.

Do you feel like the SNOW will never go away? and the SUN will never shine all day ever again?

Me too!

Come relax at Health Services. Might as well try it...

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