Dr. Norman Rosenthal – Defeating SAD

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NORMAN ROSENTHAL, M.D. – DEFEATING SAD: A GUIDE TO HEALTH & HAPPINESS THROUGH ALL SEASONS

Dr. Norman Rosenthal, M.D., returns to Big Blend Radio to discuss his latest book, “Defeating SAD: A Guide to Health and Happiness Through All Seasons.” Watch here in the YouTube player.

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and its less severe variant the winter blues are estimated to affect 1 in 5 people in the United States – tens of millions altogether. With winter here, now is the time to intervene before symptoms get worse. Symptoms of winter SAD include fatigue, decreased energy, increased need for sleep, craving for sweets and starches, lack of pleasure, anxiety, and sadness. These symptoms interfere with many important aspects of daily life, both personal and professional. The good news is that they can be defeated if promptly recognized and actively tackled.

4 ACTION STEPS TO ADDRESS SAD NOW

  • Ensure exposure to morning light by waking and getting out of bed earlier.
  • Using a special wake-up light (dawn simulator) or simply putting your bedside lamp on a timer may help get your day going
  • Get some light therapy in the morning as early as you can and, weather permitting, go outdoors to enjoy the sunlight
  • Be sure to get some extra light therapy in the late afternoon, to make up for the sunlight that has been lost.

Dr. Rosenthal is the world-renowned psychiatrist and bestselling author who first described seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pioneered the use of light therapy as a treatment during his twenty years at the National Institute of Mental Health. A prolific researcher and writer, he has written more than three-hundred scholarly articles and authored or co-authored ten popular books, including “Poetry Rx,” the New York Times bestseller “Transcendence” and the national bestsellers “The Gift of Adversity,” and “Super Mind.” More at https://www.normanrosenthal.com/

 

 

 

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Dr. Rosenthal is the world- renowned psychiatrist and bestselling author who first described seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pioneered the use of light therapy as a treatment during his twenty years at the National Institute of Mental Health.

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