Video: Seasonal depression, winter blues and seasonal affective disorder: CAMH expert available for interview
TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Many people begin to experience symptoms
of seasonal mood changes as daylight hours get shorter - usually in
late fall and early winter. Most common is the winter blues, a feeling
of less positivity in the winter months, which dissipates when the
winter season is over. The most severe of seasonal mood change is
seasonal affective disorder or SAD, which is characterized by feelings
of hopelessness, lethargy and oversleeping and increases in appetite
and weight gain. SAD affects more women than men: up to 80 per cent of
those affected by SAD are female.
A range of treatments are available for SAD, from light therapy to
natural supplements and cognitive behavioural therapy. Use of
antidepressants is also highly effective when necessary.
Dr. Robert Levitan, Research Head in CAMH's Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Program, explains the prevalence of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
among Canadians and offers tips on the best ways to treat symptoms from
depression to the winter blues.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest
mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the
world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical
care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to
help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and
addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with
the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health
Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more
information, please visit www.camh.ca.
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SOURCE: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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