Defeating The Winter Blues

sadVERMONT - With the first few days of snowfall in the books, Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, can start to take its toll on some people. SAD is defined as depression assosicated with late autumn and winter months of the year, and is not fully known to the general public.


Though if you do have Seasonal Affective Disorder, there are therapists and treatments that can be used to help cope with the depression.

Dr. Arnie Kozak, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Vermont's college of medicine says, "There are many theories about the cause of SAD but nothing has been comfirmed. It does not seem to be simply the absence of light but we know that it does increase as you go north in latitude."

There are a few ways to help treat and cope with the depression. The most known way is to spend time infront of a sun lamp.

Dr. Kozak participated in conducting a study on different types therapy and said, "CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is as effective as light treatment and helps people to cope better with future winters. CBT teaches people skills to cope with changes in thought and energy patterns."

Exquisite Mind, which was created by Dr. Kozak in 2002 in Burlington, helps to teach people ways around not only SAD, but other problems as well.

There is no easy way to defeat or lessen the effects of SAD, but some of the methods used to help calm the symptoms can be used to help in other aspects of your life as well.