10 percent of Wisconsin suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder

10 percent of Wisconsin suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder

It’s a time to be merry and bright, but not everyone is cheerful this holiday season with millions of Americans suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

“Ten percent of people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder in Wisconsin,” said Carola Pfortner, the chair of the Psychology Department at Madison College.

Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D. is a form of depression triggered by lack of light.

Pfortner said the key to overcoming it is more daylight.

“Go outside and play and get active,” she said.

However, if going outside isn’t your thing try turning on a light box, doctors say just 30 minutes in front of one can really brighten your mood.

Dr. Zorba Paster uses one himself. At just under $70 on Amazon he recommends the Sphere Gadget Lightphoria to just about anyone with the winter blues.

“It may produce more oxytocin which makes us feel better, and dopamine, we know that some people have depression in this is their treatment for depression in the winter time and they don’t need anti-depressants,” he said.

So whether you try a light box, or sitting in the sun you could be well on your way to a happier holiday.

Experts said getting together with loved ones this winter can really boost your mood too.
If you don’t have friends or family nearby, that’s o.k, volunteering or joining a group can be just as impactful.