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How To Cope With Holiday Stress & Depression & Colorectal Cancer

If seasonal decrease in sunlight causes you to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), get treatment.

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Experts are not sure what causes seasonal affective disorder, but the consensus is a lack of sunlight could be the cause.  For some people, a winter decrease in sunlight can cause changes in mood and behavior.   SAD is a form of depression and affects a person during the same time each year.  Because many of the SAD symptoms are the same as non-seasonal depression, it can be hard to tell the difference. 

 Discuss with your physician whether you may have SAD and if so, the appropriate treatment for you.   Studies show that phototherapy (exposure to intense artificial light) can help.  Antidepressants and/or counseling are also used to help alleviate symptoms, as is exercise.  Talk with your doctor to see what options are best for you.

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