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My depression gets much worse after the holidays. Should I increase my meds to get me through to the spring?
Answer from Express Scripts Canada Pharmacist, Haroona Farhan:
Depression is a common problem, but there is a particular kind of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, that affects some people during the winter months, when lack of sunlight can throw off our natural body rhythms.
Here are three tactics that may be used to treat SAD:
Light therapy involves exposing your eyes, indirectly, to simulated sunlight for 20 minutes or more a day, to replace the natural light we lack in the winter. There are special lamps that produce the kind of light your body needs. Some drug plans may cover the cost.
The same anti-depressants you take to treat depression can also treat SAD. Increasing your dose during the winter months could help your mood, but talk to your doctor first. Keep in mind that dosage changes should be gradual to avoid dangerous side effects.
Research shows that one-on-one psychotherapy or counseling can also help improve the symptoms of depression, including SAD.
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