Podcast: Light therapy for prevention of winter depression
Many people experience the " winter blues " , but some suffer from something more serious, seasonal affective disorder, which has a major impact on their quality of life. Light therapy is one of the interventions that is used to try to prevent it and a team of researchers from Austria and the USA published the update of their Cochrane Review in March 2019. Lead author, Barbara Nussbaumer, from the Danube University Krems in Austria, summarises the findings in this podcast." Seasonal affective disorder, which is also known as winter depression, is a seasonal pattern of recurrent major depressive episodes. The...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - April 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

SPA DOCTOR: Smiling again in the city of the blues
SPA DOCTOR: The Swissotel Chicago offers 1,700 square foot, five-room Vitality Suites, which comes complete with a private workout area. It's perfect for curing Seasonal Affective Disorder. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Book Review: Living Light:  The Art of Using Light for Health & Happiness
While it’s hard not to notice the brilliant display of colors set off by a sunset over the water, we seldom consider the biological, or even psychological, benefits of light. “It is my belief that good quality light in our daily lives is far more important than we might think,” writes Karl Ryberg. In his new book, Living Light: The Art of Using Light For Health And Happiness, Ryberg brings us his life’s work — studying the obvious and not so obvious ways in which light affects us and how we can use light in our lives not only function better, but feel better. Light, we know, plays an important...
Source: Psych Central - March 10, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Book Reviews Disorders General Habits Psychology Seasonal Affective Disorder Self-Help Treatment artificial light Light therapy Living Light natural light Ryberg SAD Source Type: news

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Complementary Health Approaches
Are any complementary health approaches helpful for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? Find out here. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 18, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Does Vitamin D Help With Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Experts discuss if it eases seasonal depression symptoms, like changes in sleep and feeling of sadness. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Simple Treatments to Banish Winter Blues
TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 -- The gray days of winter bring many people down, but a few simple steps can pep you up, an expert says. A condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can cause feelings of sadness or depression, lack of energy,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 15, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Billie Marten: Having SAD made me write the happiest pop song
Billie Marten says having seasonal affective disorder (SAD) inspired her song Blue Sea, Red Sea. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tiny Wearable Device Warns of Exposure to UV Light
Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering scientists have developed what is being called the world’s smallest wearable, battery-free device to measure light. The technology enables scientists to measure exposure to light across multiple wavelengths. The device is as about as thick in diameter as a credit card and is about the size of an M&M. It is also solar powered. Researchers said the device monitored therapeutic UV light in clinical phototherapy booths for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis as well as blue light phototherapy for newborns with jaundice ...
Source: MDDI - December 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Electronics Source Type: news

World's smallest wearable device warns of UV exposure, enables precision phototherapy
(Northwestern University) The world's smallest wearable, battery-free and virtually indestructible device has been developed to measure exposure to light across multiple wavelengths, from the ultra violet to visible and even infrared parts of the solar spectrum. Smaller than an M&M, the device can optimize treatment of neonatal jaundice, skin diseases, seasonal affective disorder and reduce risk of sunburns and skin cancer. It can record up to three separate wavelengths of light at one time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 5, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Implementing prevention of seasonal affective disorder from patients' and physicians' perspectives - a qualitative study - Nussbaumer-Streit B, Pjrek E, Kien C, Gartlehner G, Bartova L, Friedrich ME, Kasper S, Winkler D.
BACKGROUND: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a seasonally recurrent type of major depression that has detrimental effects on patients' lives during winter. Little is known about how it affects patients during summer and about patients' and physicians' ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

SAD symptoms: Eight signs you have seasonal affective disorder and may need a SAD lamp
SAD, WHICH stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a common condition during the winter months. The exact cause isn ’t fully understood, but it’s thought to be linked to reduced exposure to sunlight and can have a signifiant impact on mood. So what are the symptoms to look out for, and do you need a SAD lamp? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 'winter blues' is real. Here's what to know about seasonal affective disorder
Dr. Jennifer Ashton shares what to know about SAD and tips to lessen its effects. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

WATCH: How to fight off the 'winter blues'
ABC News' Dr. Jennifer Ashton shares what to know about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and how people can feel better during dark winter months. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Consumer Health: Treating seasonal affective disorder
Seasonal affective disorder: Diagnosis and treatment Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. For most people with seasonal affective disorder, symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping their energy and making them moody. Symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 2, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Your risk of a heart attack could increase as it gets colder, study says
The weather is believed to influence your health in a number of ways. Seasonal affective disorder affects people when seasons change. Those with arthritis say that decreases in air pressure and temperature increase joint pain. Weather changes can be triggers for people that suffer from migraines. Thunderstorms can lead to asthma attacks. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SAD light box: Should you buy a seasonal affective disorder lamp? Dr Dawn says this
SAD, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder, is a type of depression that usually occurs during winter time. Over the last few years SAD lamps have become more popular with people trying to remedy the problem, so should you invest in one this winter? Dr Dawn Harper issues her advice. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 'Winter blues' study finds key to depression resilience
A new study examines the brains of people with seasonal affective disorder to examine why some people do not develop depression despite being at risk. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Depression Source Type: news

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Light Up The Blues
Title: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Light Up The BluesCategory: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 4/19/2005 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/13/2018 2:55:09 PM (Source: MedicineNet Depression General)
Source: MedicineNet Depression General - June 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Seasonal Depression Doesn ’t Just Happen in the Winter. Here’s What to Know About Summertime Sadness
As a kid, Krista Golden loved to play outside in her family’s yard when the weather turned nice. But by her mid-twenties, something changed. “As I’ve gotten older, I’d rather be by myself and stay in the house during the summer,” says Golden, who is 43 and lives in Ohio. “I just accepted it as, ‘This is me.'” Last winter, Golden learned that there was a reason for her summertime sadness: Her therapist told her she likely had seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But unlike most people with SAD, who experience dips in mood and energy during the cold, dark months of winter, Golden...
Source: TIME: Health - June 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology onetime Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Seasonal affective disorder: Why brown-eyed women are at risk
Two studies shed new light on seasonal affective disorder, concluding that brown-eyed women may be particularly prone to the condition. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Depression Source Type: news

Brown-eyed girls more likely to feel blue when the weather is bad
Researchers at the University of South Wales found those with dark eyes were at twice the risk of seasonal affective disorder - also known as SAD - than men with blue eyes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Member Highlights: North Pocono Public Library, Moscow, PA – learn about this library’s community education series designed to address difficult life planning decisions. Is your organization working on a similar project? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Weekly Funding Tips: Funding Tip 1- Talk it through – through mid-April, NNLM MAR will offer weekly tips for members who inten...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - February 16, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

NIMH Twitter Chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) are co-hosting a Twitter chat to discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The chat will take place Tuesday, February 20, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Science News » NIMH Twitter Chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder
On February 20, 2018, join NIMH for a Twitter chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder with expert Dr. Matthew Rudorfer. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Lindsey O'Keefe Source Type: news

3 Pervasive, Persistent Myths about Seasonal Affective Disorder
Our society tends to dismiss seasonal affective disorder (SAD). We minimize it. We misunderstand it. Oh, you just don’t like winter. And who could blame you? Winter is tough on everyone. Oh, SAD is like the winter blues, right? You get grumpy or moody because you hate the freezing cold. You’re just in a funk. It happens to a lot of people. It’s totally normal. How can you feel depressed when the air is so crisp and it’s a winter wonderland out there? We incorporate SAD into our vocabulary, flippantly using it in conversation. “Similar to someone saying “I can’t make up my mind, it...
Source: Psych Central - January 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Depression Disorders General Seasonal Affective Disorder Stigma Light therapy Mental Health Stigma phototherapy SAD summer depression summertime depression winter depression wintertime depression Source Type: news

Glasgow study finds women more likely to suffer from SAD
A new study from the University of Glasgow in Scotland revealed that women are more likely to suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) than men. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feeling Sad? Here's How to Beat the Holiday Blues
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Seasonal Affective Disorder (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
How do light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, St. John’s wort, melatonin, and vitamin D stack up as treatments for SAD? The current issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest has all the latest research https://nccih.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/Seasonal-Affective-Disorder-science?nav=cd. /da (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - December 20, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: All Members Source Type: news

6 Things To Know About Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. To be diagnosed with SAD, people must meet full criteria for major depression coinciding with specific seasons (appearing in the winter or summer months) for at least 2 years. Symptoms of the winter pattern of SAD include having low energy, hypersomnia, overeating, weight gain, craving for carbohydrates, social withdrawal (feel like “hibernating”). (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starts in the late fall and early winter and goes away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD. To be diagnosed with SAD, people must meet full criteria for major depression coinciding with specific seasons for at least 2 years. Some of the symptoms of the winter pattern of SAD include having low energy, overeating, craving carbohydrates, and social withdrawal. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Seasonal affective disorder: It's more than the winter blues
Research continues to make connections between our minds, bodies and response to light and darkness. (Source: PsycPORT.com)
Source: PsycPORT.com - December 18, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Gray and cloudy skies are not unusual in the Pacific Northwest. But, as the days become shorter and the dark starts setting in about mid-afternoon, it is easy to be less energized and feel more like hibernating. This is not unusual. However, for those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), other more intense symptoms may appear such as: sadness    gloomy outlook sadness gloomy outlook feeling hopeless, worthless, or irritable loss of interest or pleasure in activities low energy difficulty sleeping or oversleeping carbohydrate cravings and weight gain thoughts of death or even suicide The causes of S...
Source: Dragonfly - December 18, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The MAR staff spent a day at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Creativity this week to talk about our goals for next year! Check out the photos and follow us on Twitter for live updates during the next #marRetreat @NNLMMAR. Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter you can learn “Through the Eyes of a New MLIS Student,” how working in the library field adds perspective to entering the degree program, and take a moment to “Meet the New Health Professions Coordinator,” Erin! The...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - December 15, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - December 5, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Psychiatry, FYI, Source Type: news

Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder
-- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), common in the winter months, is a type of depression triggered by decreased exposure to daylight. Symptoms of SAD include feeling down, irritable, lacking energy, sleeping a lot or having cravings FOR sweet or... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 5, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder
Title: Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective DisorderCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/5/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/5/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Depression General)
Source: MedicineNet Depression General - December 5, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How can you cope with seasonal affective disorder?
More than just the 'winter blues,' seasonal affective disorder can turn the holiday season into a time of gloom and fatigue. So how can you keep it at bay? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Depression Source Type: news

Consumer Health: Understanding seasonal affective disorder
Seasonal affective disorder: Symptoms and treatment Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons. For most people with seasonal affective disorder, symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping their energy and making them feel moody. Symptoms may start out mild and become more severe [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 3, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

The bizarre ways FALL can affect our health
While we've all heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), there are many other conditions that are more likely to strike in fall, once summer has become a distant memory, Dr Sarah Brewer explains. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seasonal affective disorder and non-seasonal affective disorders: results from the NESDA study - Winthorst WH, Roest AM, Bos EH, Meesters Y, Penninx BWJH, Nolen WA, de Jonge P.
BACKGROUND: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is considered to be a subtype of depression. AIMS: To compare the clinical picture of SAD to non-seasonal affective disorders (non-SADs). METHOD: Diagnoses according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Ma... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

Cold weather warning: THESE three serious conditions are more likely in winter
WINTER weather often comes with an outbreak of common colds and flu, but the season can also increase risk of stroke, asthma attacks and seasonal affective disorder. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jubilant Life Sciences gets USFDA nod for anti-depressive drug
The approved product is the generic version of Wellbutrin XL of Valeant, which is used for the treatment of major depressive disorder and prevention of seasonal affective disorder. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - July 6, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

This Is Your Brain On Warm Weather
There’s just something about summer. People’s attitudes seem noticeably different with the sunshine. And that isn’t a coincidence: Research shows warmer weather can have a small influence, positively and even occasionally negatively, on your mindset.  We’ve rounded up just a few ways the toastier temperatures of summer can affect your mood. Check them out below: Spending time outdoors when it’s sunny is linked with a mood boost... The gold standard on this subject is a 2004 University of Michigan study that found people who spent at least 30 minutes outside in pleasant weather &mdas...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How the Month You Were Born Affects Your Personality, According to Science
Let’s agree on one thing first: Astrology is gibberish — gibberish with a nice line of charm bracelets, maybe, but gibberish all the same. Its fundamental premise — that the combined gravity of all of the planets at the moment you’re born determines your personality — is all by itself its undoing. As Newton knew, the gravity of any massive object is inversely proportional to the square of its distance. Even for a giant planet like Neptune, which is 2.7 billion miles (4.4 billion km) away, the amount of gravitational pull it exerted on you at birth was…let’s see…times 2.7&he...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized behavior birth month birth season onetime personality psychology the brain the human mind Source Type: news

Tanning's Allure Tied to Other Addictions
Some people with need for bronzed skin likely to drink too much alcohol or have depression, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Melanoma, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Sun Exposure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Benefits Of Winter Hibernation
This article originally posted on michaelsunnarborg.com/blog -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When It’s More Than the Winter Blues
By Stacy Simon The gifts have been opened, the holiday meals eaten, the visitors gone home, and the decorations put away for another year. As the fun and festivities become memories, this is the time of year many people feel a little let down or sad. Treating yourself to a movie, spending time with friends, doing volunteer work, or participating in physical activities you enjoy can help you cheer up and regain your emotional balance. RESOURCES: Depression in cancer patients But for some people, it isn’t that easy. Sadness that doesn’t go away or keeps you from enjoying things you usually like could be a sign ...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - January 2, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Coping with Cancer Source Type: news

Christmas is Over: Celebrate the Rest of the Year
So many weeks and days of preparation and then Christmas is over. Oh, maybe you were able to stretch it out over a few days with parties and visits to various relatives and friends but at some point the cookies are gone, the tree has to come down, the lights have to come off the house, the gifts get put away and — and — and — and then it’s over — all done — finished. The living room looks cavernous without the tree. The kids are fighting over the last candy cane. And you are — happy but exhausted; pleased the week went well but not so pleased to get back to ordinary life. Those of ...
Source: Psych Central - January 1, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. Tags: Happiness Holiday Coping Seasonal Affective Disorder Self-Help christmas Holiday Spirit Holidays new year's resolutions new years Winter Winter Blues Source Type: news

Behind the Headlines 2016 Quiz of the Year
In 2016, Behind the Headlines covered more than 300 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. If you've been paying attention you should find this quiz easy and fun. Answers are at the foot of the page (no peeking!).   In January 2016's health news... In a controversial study, monkeys were genetically engineered to develop what condition? Sex addiction Bipolar disorder Autism In a similarly controversial study, what psychological condition was dismissed as a "myth"? Seasonal affective disorder Agoraphobia Social anxiety disorder In February 2016's health news... Brain scans...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Special reports QA articles Source Type: news