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It doesn't take a doctor to know the weather can affect your mood. We get a little more lively when it is sunny and a little less cheerful when it is rainy or gloomy. This behavior is very common among most. However, if the seasons continue to make you depressed to a point that limits your everyday abilities, you may have a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that commonly occurs during the winter months. SAD can affect a person's everyday functioning and leave them unable to live their life to the fullest. It is extremely important to recognize the symptoms of SAD and have them treated as soon as possible. Here are a handful of treatment options you may want to consider if you think you or someone you know may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder.

Let the Light Shine In:
If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, you will want to take advantage of the sunlight. Go outside as much as possible and soak up the sun. If you are indoors, open your blinds and curtains or sit closer to bright windows. Another option that doctors recommend is light therapy. There are many devices available that mimic sunshine and provide the light you need to help reduce your SAD symptoms.

Get up and Get Moving:
Exercise can help minimize the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. The most helpful form of exercise would be outdoors, but if that is not possible consider a treadmill, stationary bike or an elliptical machine that is close to a window. People with SAD often gain weight so regular exercise will be beneficial in more ways than one.

Stick to a Routine:
It is important to practice healthy habits when it comes to SAD. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, practicing good hygiene, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly to reduce stress and other symptoms that come along with seasonal affective disorder.

Talk with Your Doctor:
If you are unsure whether your symptoms are just a case of the blues or something more serious such as seasonal affective disorder it is best to talk with a mental health professional. A mental health expert is qualified in this area to help with a depression diagnosis. You may want to ask about an over-the-counter treatment or diet supplements to help alleviate your symptoms. In more serious cases your health care provider may prescribe an antidepressant to control your mood and energy. If this is the case, always be sure to follow directions carefully and watch for interactions and side effects.

Here at The Louisiana Insurance Center we work with multiple A+ rated carriers to bring you the best coverage to fit your needs and budget. Please feel free to call our office at 225-292-7680 to talk to an insurance agent or email your questions and an insurance professional will reply promptly.
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