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Light box for SAD treatment

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I was thinking about depression and my outlook on life this time of year and am beginning to wonder if due to my work schedule and location in Michigan where we don't get a lot of sun this time of year I might benefit from one of the light boxes that are marketed to treat the season affected disorders.

Anyone here have any experience with them?  Do the lights make the difference some people say they do?  They look to come in blue light spectrum and full light spectrum, does it matter?

Thanks!
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Do you ski better or feel better about your skiing on bluebird days than on  overcast ones?


I'd try it.   Heck,  $200 for a mood improvement is less than some folks spend monthly on a coffee and booze budget.
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Have you had a chance to try anything?
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My partner really struggles with depression in the winter, and bought a basic lightbox from London Drugs a couple of years ago to see if it would help. It was actually surprisingly effective (though it did require a solid time commitment of two 30 minute sessions a day) and we both found it unexpectedly useful for helping with time zone adjustment and jet lag after a trip to the UK. Overall I'd say it was a worthwhile investment.
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Do you ski better or feel better about your skiing on bluebird days than on  overcast ones?


I'd try it.   Heck,  $200 for a mood improvement is less than some folks spend monthly on a coffee and booze budget.


 

Doesn't always work that way.  First, find out if it's SAD.  If it's SAD you will need to treat on a regular basis.  A day here or there problably won't be enough.

If you use a light box, also get outside as much as possible.

What level of fitness?  What are you doing in terms of intensity when it comes to exercise?

Fish oil!!!  Even if you don't have issues with depression.  Try Carlson liquid and take at least 2 tblspn in the am and 2 in the pm.  Liquid fish oil sound awful but most people I know actually like it once they try it.  This is a very high quality brand and there are others as well.

Take a look at your Omega 3s in general.
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if my booze budget was just $200 a month i'd be a rich man :(
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 Skiing has really helped me.  I used to feel depression in the winter and always assumed it was SAD.  I could get to a place where I didn't feel much like doing anything I didn't have to including skiing.  Becoming a full time instructor has forced me outside everyday and I don't get depressed anymore.  Of course I don't have any money, but my skiing and my mood has really improved.
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