The days are getting longer, and that is good news for people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. As it is also known, S.A.D. is a form of depression that affects people in the winter, primarily because the darker and shorter winter days do not provide enough sunlight during the day for some people's bodies to quit production of melatonin, the hormone that makes us tired. Thus, for some, it can feel like it is perpetually 3 a.m.
Jerry Iekel, who you may know through his moonlighting as a former local state representative, is also a licensed social worker who treats and counsels people on a variety of things, including S.A.D.. As he points out, S.A.D. is not really an either/or condition.
Since most of us are affected by less sunlight during the winter to a degree, his advice for people with S.A.D. really applies to us all.
Light therapy, which uses special lamps with full-spectrum lighting, is the treatment most commonly used for people with S.A.D.