Friday, October 30, 2009

Time to Change the Clocks Again...

This Sunday, November 1, is a bittersweet day for many people. Sweet because we get one extra hour of sleep Saturday night, bitter because the days start getting shorter and darker earlier. Some people love this change- personally, it is not my favorite, but there are a lot worse things, that's for sure. Anyways, I often hear people saying how the shift around this time of the year has a pretty drastic impact on their mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression in which one's mood is affected by the changing of seasons and is often one possible explanation for this change in mood that people often express.

I recently read an article regarding new research findings for the treatment of SAD (click HERE to read it.). What researchers have found is that when treated for one year with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT in conjunction with light therapy, patients show a reduction in the recurrence of the depression, as compared with those who only received light therapy. Interesting for those of you who deal with SAD- receiving CBT looks like it is a crucial piece of treatment!

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