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Let the sun shine: Mind your mental health this winter

January 23, 2017

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Dominic Wu, MD, Contributing Editor

Dominic Wu, MD, completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at Brown University and was elected to the AOA honor medical society. At Brown, he focused his studies on human biology, public health, and comparative anatomy/paleontology. … See Full Bio
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Ita Vasquez
February 4, 2017

we all have good and bad days.
however, if you´re feeling anxiety and down, and if these feelings have started affecting what normally you enjoy or do, it is necesary that you find out or search information that can help you.
i recommend the website “youth and beyond blue” because here you can find information about disaeses such as anxiety, psysicological disaeses, depression. some examples are “youth beyond blue” it is an Australian page, created by profesional of the health.
The greatest is that you can read real histories of persons that suffered disaeses such as depression, anxiety or any nervous breakdown.
In this website, you can find information safe and reliable, you can enter just one click, over all you can find help in moments that you need it.

January 31, 2017

I never even knew I had S.A.D. until my family and I spent an abnormal winter in Goldendale, Washington State. That year, it rained daily instead of snow and later sunshine returning. I thought I’d go crazy! I’ve had it all my life as I become a very different person probably starting in December (providing November is mild and sunny). I hate the slippery slide each year and I have numerous chronic illnesses that make it even more challenging. I have tried the light but did have all the side effects mentioned by Dr. Wu. I no longer use. I, also, have Fuch’s Dystrophy (deterioration of the corneas so it’s not recommended). I surround myself in YELLOW which does help and exercise and eat pretty well. I emerge each Spring/late Spring a new creation and overall feel much better in the warmth of sunshine and light. Good ideas from others.

John Thornton
January 31, 2017

Come on down to Sanibel FL for a week for a break to cure those winter depression blues🙂

January 31, 2017

Right you are! Sanibel Island is a lovely place especially for beachcombers like myself. I have done this twice and it certainly has been incredibly helpful.

Tapas datta
January 31, 2017

I am having depressive mood almost all the day. Tried medication for 8 yrs . Stopped taking since August. Very difficult to keep away all miserable thoughts out of my mind. No drive at all to progress in terms of personal development. Need suggestion from any body got benefit from alternative of using pills

Dominic Wu
February 2, 2017

Hi Tapas datta, I am sorry to hear that you have had a long battle with depression. It certainly sounds like you should talk to your doctor about this and I would encourage you to see them soon!

There are a few alternative therapies to taking medication, some herbal as well. I find that medication with therapy is most helpful for patients with depression, but each person is different. Talk to your doctor about your case, and see what they can offer for alternative approaches.

Tony Abramavicius
January 30, 2017

Exercise daily, go outside in the sun and stay away from alcohol. Eat properly and sleep deeply for at least 7 hours. See a doctor or psychiatrist if none of the above works.

R. T. Whit
January 31, 2017

Not sure what you mean by “sleep deeply”. You’re probably suggesting that a person get seven uninterrupted hours of sleep. For me to sleep through the night is almost impossible, however, I can still get a good night’s rest in an eight-hour span. My understanding is that it’s normal for a person to get 4 to five hours of continued sleep and then wake for a brief person but fall back to sleep.

Jacqueline Olds
January 30, 2017

You can also use an early morning walk in the sun to combat depression in two ways: bright light and exercise!! And you can use a wearable light tracker (SunSprite) to let you know when you get the right dose of bright light if you’re using the sun as your light!

Tony Cheung
January 24, 2017

Very good and useful advices from Dr. Wu.
Thank you

Sam Johnson
January 24, 2017

Managing stress with medication can be difficult. Natural supplements, like EMPowerplus, are the way to go and way better for you in the long run. It even has a quite a few studies done on it!

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