Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, most commonly in the fall and winter months.
The specific cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is unknown; but genetic factors, age, the body’s natural chemical makeup and your individual circadian rhythm (the natural rhythm affecting levels of the chemicals melatonin and serotonin, and which is disrupted by the reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter) are thought to play a role.
How Naturopathy can help?
Identify and address underlying factors in your lifestyle (e.g., job dissatisfaction) or general health (e.g., existing mental health disorders) that may be triggering seasonal affective disorder (SAD) episodes.
Reduce feelings of depression using herbal medicines or nutritional supplements.
Reduce episode recurrence by creating a healthy lifestyle that minimizes biochemical predisposition to seasonal affective disorder (SAD) using relaxation (meditation) training or exercise prescription.
Identify and address other health conditions related to decreased exposure to sunlight (e.g., vitamin D deficiency)