Seven Resources on Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder with Integrative Medicine

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With winter quickly approaching, many parts of the country are beginning to experience colder, shorter days, prompting symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which impacts an estimated five percent of the population.   

According to the American Psychiatric Association, patients with SAD commonly report feelings of sadness, changes in appetite and sleep, loss of energy, and difficulty concentrating. Conventional treatment of SAD often involves medication; however, there are several integrative, nonpharmaceutical interventions that have been shown to improve symptoms of SAD.

For this article we’ve rounded up a collection of resources on holistic treatment approaches to SAD, exploring the use of traditional medicine, nutritional interventions, light therapy, exercise, and probiotics.  

Read more for information on how to help your patients struggling with SAD.