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Seasonal Depression (SAD) (cont.)

Prevention of Seasonal Depression

  • Spending at least 30 minutes outdoors every day may help prevent seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
  • Approaching the season of depression with a positive attitude and planning activities you enjoy may be another example of how to avoid SAD.
  • Try to spend time outdoors every day, especially during the months when SAD affects you most. Midday, when the light is strongest, is the best time to be outdoors.
  • Physical activities, such as walking, may also help relieve symptoms.
  • If taking antidepressant medication, take as directed and do not stop or change your dose without consulting your health care professional.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/7/2015

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