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Seasonal Affective Disorder affects millions of people in locales where long, dark and dreary winters keep people cooped indoors. Learn the reality - and the remedies.
Symptoms of SAD begin in the fall and peak in the winter months. In the North, large numbers of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. During this period, the days are getting shorter and the nights, longer, which means, less sunlight.
SAD was first noted before 1845, but was not officially named until the early 1980’s. As seasons change, there is a shift in our “biological internal clocks” or circadian rhythm. This can cause our biological clocks to be “out of step” with our daily schedules. The most difficult months for SAD sufferers are January and February, and younger persons and women are at higher risk.
Melatonin, a sleep-related hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, has been linked to SAD. This hormone, which may cause symptoms of depression, is produced at increased levels in the dark. Therefore, when the days are shorter and darker the production of this hormone increases.
In the United States, 10 to 25 percent of the population suffers from mild to extreme symptoms of SAD. It is estimated 600,000 Canadians suffer from the same disorder. Although the South does not suffer from winter blues, there are prolonged periods of rain during the summer and people do suffer from lack of energy and depression just as the Northerners do during the winter months.
Scientists believe that SAD is treated with light, positive affirmations and exercise. Light therapy works by altering the levels of certain brain chemicals. Positive affirmations work by creating new thought patterns that are encouraging and empowering. Exercise creates a feeling of euphoria (endorphins) and gives participants energy, self esteem and promotes health of the physical body. The combination of these elements can be found only in one program, Spectral Journeys’ Colorgize Yourself Well.
What is Spectral Journeys Colorgized Wellness and how can it actually help?
Colorgize Yourself Well incorporates color via lighting from either a lamp or DVD, positive affirmations that are given audibly during the meditations or workouts and are geared towards the needs associated with SAD such as increased energy, vitality, and enthusiasm. Physical exercise such as indoor cycling, yoga, meditation, pilates and dance round off the program for a complete wellness experience.
SAD is a debilitating disorder but it doesn’t have to be. The tools are at your disposal all you need to do is try.
By Christina Leon, Staff Writer