How to Avoid SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

It is the end of 2010, and I suggest you to learn from Dr.Ann Quasarano regarding seasonal affective disorder. I believe her following suggestion benefits you to anticipate your health in facing the change of the year. As you know, almost all part in the world is experiencing the extreme change of climate, as what’s is happening in my region, Indonesia (South East Asia).

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects million of people everywhere, about half a million people in the US only, each year. It’s thought that there are many more cases, including those who have a milder form of SAD, who don’t seek treatment. Often called the winter blues, SAD sufferers become depressed when the winter season rolls around. Below are a few suggestions for avoiding SAD this winter:

  • Spend some time outside every day.
  • Supplement with vitamin D3 (our Phyto D 2000™ is an excellent source).
  • Avoid simple carbohydrates, sugars, and alcohol.
  • Sit under a full spectrum light for at least 15 minutes daily.
  • Eat right for your (blood) type.
  • Exercise daily. Get at least 20 minutes per day (walking, yoga, bicycling, or vigorous exercise depending on type).
  • Socialize—get out of the house and spend time with friends and family.

Symptoms of SAD

  • Afternoon slumps with decreased energy and concentration
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Decreased interest in work or other activities
  • Depression that starts in fall or winter
  • Increased appetite with weight gain
  • Increased sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Lack of energy
  • Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
  • Social withdrawal

When to see a doctor

A visit to your health care provider will look for other causes of the symptoms and confirm the diagnosis. A psychological evaluation may be needed for more severe depression.


  • D’adamo  Newsletter, December 2010