New research focuses on Seasonal Affective Disorder
SALISBURY, Md. – This is the time of year that some people feel the effects of seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD.
But, new research shows that what we previously thought impacted SAD may not be correct.
New research suggests that it’s not just about serotonin levels in your brain, but rather that SAD can also be impacted by your lifestyle during the colder months.
That means that small, free, changes can really help people who feel the impacts of the disorder.
“Things like getting your social support from family and friends, staying close to people you care about, go out in the sunlight more,” Dr. Kathy Seifert, a psychologist, said.
Dr. Seifert suggests that people who feel the impacts of SAD make those small changes in their life, and if they still aren’t feeling better, to contact their primary care physician.