How to Fight Seasonal Depression

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- While most of us welcome the extra hour of sleep, others struggle with the time change. This is the time of year we start to hear about seasonal depression.

It can be hard for those who go to work when it's dark, and by the time they leave, the sun has already set. Joseph Lynch, a clinical social worker, said being depressed or in a bad mood this time of year is common. He said there are a few things you can do to minimize the effects. Some people use a lamp that gives off artificial sunlight, and Lynch said that if you turn it on for at least 20 minutes per day, it can make you feel better.

"It can help improve your mood," he said. "Also some people may take an antidepressant during that time of the year. If somebody's already depressed, they may increase their antidepressant at that time."

Lynch said exercising more can change some of the chemistry in your brain, which can help fight off depression. He also said increasing your social support system will keep you more active and less isolated, as too much time alone can lead to depression.


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