Seasonal Depression (SAD) (cont.)
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What Is Other Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder?
St. John's wort: It is unclear whether this herb will improve some of the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but it increases sensitivity to light, which may rule out bright-light therapy. Researchers are still looking at whether this treatment is appropriate for people with SAD. Other natural remedies like kava and acupuncture are being studied to explore whether or not they can effectively treat SAD.
What Is the Follow-up for Seasonal Affective Disorder?
How Can I Prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder?
What Is the Prognosis for Seasonal Affective Disorder?
If left untreated, seasonal affective disorder can become more severe and have a negative prognosis. Severe depression can cause damage to physical and mental health, relationships with others, job effectiveness, and enjoyment of life. Very severe depression can cause a person to contemplate or commit suicide or other self-harm.
Support Groups and Counseling for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Counseling, also called psychotherapy, may be necessary to help you cope with fear or guilt about seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It may help you relax, accept the disorder, and cope with the limits SAD puts on you. Complementary activities such as meditation, relaxation, and aerobic exercise may have similar effects.
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/18/2016
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