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Seasonal Affective Disorder Can Make Addiction More Difficult to Manage

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By August 11, 2018

I can feel summer shifting. The wind has a cool afterward and the sun is starting to let go and leave way to a cool fall. Soon the vibrant greens will shift to warm hues of gold and red and orange, all to eventually come together in a mush of brown. That’s when everyone’s mood will turn from pumpkin spice latte joy, to crying into our cocoa because we are cold, and wet, and it’s dark outside. Seasonal Affective Disorder can seem eye roll worthy, but it’s a thing many people struggle with. And it can take a toll on those who are struggling with drug addiction and alcohol addiction.

Drug and alcohol addiction can sometimes be diagnosed alongside depression and anxiety. The parts of this dual diagnosis can feed on one another. Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a catalyst for depression. Many people spend the darker months feeling even more down than they may already. And the worse someone’s mental health is functioning, the less likely they will be to resist triggers and temptations

 

Defense Against the Disorder

Discovery InstituteIf you want to set up a line of defense against Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here are a few things you can do to guard against undue sadness.

  1. Get a UV light therapy light. You can find hordes of them on Amazon. Many people swear by them.
  2. Eat Fish! Salmon have an enormous (compared to many other foods) amount of Vitamin D in them. That’s the vitamin we get from the sun, and it can wreak havoc on your mental health to be Vitamin D deficient.
  3. Physical Exercise. Moving your body can help fight the symptoms that come along with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

If you or someone you know are suffering through addiction to drug abuse or alcohol abuse, please take a moment and call us right now at 844-478-6563. We would love to walk you through our Drug Rehab Centers in New Jersey, and our alcohol rehab in NJ, and talk with you about our programs so to find the best fit for you.

 

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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