Whats does SAD stand for?

SAD stands for ‘seasonal affective disorder’.  According to Dr Whittaker, it can be described as a ‘form of depression that occurs only in winter’.

It seems to affect women more than men throughout the world. According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), research suggests that between two and three percent of the general population may have seasonal affective disorder.

Apart from taking certain types of antidepressants, there may be more natural treatments that a person may want to consider, if they are experiencing this disorder. What are these possible treatment options?

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Consider engaging in exercise on a regular basis. Apart from the numerous health benefits that exercise provides to our body and mind, it has also been shown to help reduce the effects of seasonal affective disorder.

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Exercise release endorphins – the ‘feel-good’ hormones. You may feel more positive and experience an improvement in your self-esteem after a good workout. Remember that you do not have to engage in an intense workout, a simple brisk walk or perhaps even a jog in the park could do!

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