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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition that affects one's mood through changes in season. This type of depression is frequently connected to fall and winter months, although a small number of individuals experience it during spring and summer. Treatment options that are available for this disorder include psychotherapy, light therapy (phototherapy), and medication therapy.Light therapy, or phototherapy, is common place for the treatment of SAD. During the therapy, the client sits near a light box that mimics natural outdoor light. These sessions typically last about 10 to 15 minutes and gradually increase depending on the severity of the clients condition.
Cognitive behavior therapy often helps clients understand and restructure their thought patterns when living with seasonal affective disorder or depression. This leads to the development of much healthier coping methods, rather than relying on medication alone to treat symptoms. Many clients achieve lifelong results through the participation of not only psychotherapy, but medication therapy and light therapy as well. Along with psychotherapy, antidepressants are regularly prescribed in order to help alleviate some of the more severe symptoms of depression and SAD. Furthermore, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be just as effective as antidepressant medication in regards to the treatment of depression.
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