Many of the symptoms of SAD and depression overlap-SAD are periodic depression, after all-why is it so important to know what's going on? According to Dr. Mennesson, knowing the difference between depression and SAD allows the person suffering to find out what type of treatment or interventions they need. "While some interventions may be useful for both, some are less, for example, light therapy is particularly effective for SAD, while the drug can not be effective for SAD for regular depression . " In other words, to avoid unnecessary medications or treatments that will not work, you need to know what your depression really is. And most importantly, this is not something you should self diagnosis. Your doctor can help you tell the difference and create a treatment plan that suits you.
It states, there is one treatment method that relies on improving your mental health-and that is a mental skill. "If it's SAD or depression, developing a mental skill is proven to reduce the symptoms and lift the mood by moving the mind and body to parasympathetic (" rest and digest ") mode." explained Dr. Mennesson, who is a zealous yogi and meditator himself.
So what is take-home? Not SAD or depression are the conditions you should feel you need to handle alone. Consult a doctor, friend, or therapist or counselor, and make sure you get the support you need-whether you need it throughout the year or in the winter months.