Seasonal Affective Disorder For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 9, 2011 - Medical - 333 pages
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Examines the pros and cons of light therapy

An accessible approach to stopping SAD thoughts and looking at the brighter side of life

Do you suffer from wintertime woes? You may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a serious but treatable condition. This friendly guide helps you identify symptoms, talk to your doctor, and get an accurate diagnosis. You get the latest on the various drug and non-drug treatment options as well as tips for dismantling SAD thinking and feeling better through lifestyle changes.


* Stop SAD before it starts
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Monitor your triggers and symptoms
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Assess alternative therapies
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Reduce your stress and anxiety
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Survive a SAD relapse
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Examining the Biological Treatments
9
Is It SAD or Something Else?
17
Who Gets SAD and Why?
33
Getting Help for SAD
47
Examining the Biological Treatments for SAD
61
Examining the Biological Treatments for SAD 61 Chapter 5 Shining Light on SAD
63
Lightening Up Moods with Medications
77
Fighting SAD by Getting Moving
205
Exercising into a Good Mood
221
Feeling Good about Having Fun
231
Life after SAD
241
Reducing the Risk of Relapse
243
Accepting Reasonable Sadness
257
Living Happily after SAD
269
The Part of Tens
283

A Happy Diet for SAD
95
Alternative Treatments for SAD
111
Shifting SAD Thoughts
121
Brightening Up SAD Thinking
147
Soothing the Storms Within
169
Handling SAD Stress
179
Changing SAD Behaviors
193
Ten Quick Ways Out of a Bad Mood
289
Ten Ways to Help People with SAD
293
Ten Ways to Help a Kid with SAD
299
SAD Forms
305
SAD Resources for You
315
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About the author (2011)

Laura L. Smith, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Corrales, New Mexico. She provides consultation to attorneys, school districts, and governmental agencies. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of both adults and children with depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders. In addition, she’s presented on cognitive therapy and mental health issues to both national and international audiences. Dr. Smith is coauthor of Anxiety and Depression Workbook For Dummies (Wiley), Depression For Dummies (Wiley), Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies (Wiley), Hollow Kids: Recapturing the Soul of a Generation Lost to the Self-Esteem Myth (Prima), and Why Can’t I Be the Parent I Want to Be? (New Harbinger Publications).

Charles H. Elliott, PhD is a clinical psychologist and a member of the faculty at Fielding Graduate University. He’s a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, an internationally recognized organization that certifies cognitive therapists. He has a part time private practice in Corrales, New Mexico, that specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression. In addition, he’s written many articles and book chapters in the area of cognitive behavior therapies. He’s made numerous presentations nationally and internationally on new developments in assessment and therapy of emotional disorders. He’s coauthor of Anxiety and Depression Workbook For Dummies (Wiley), Depression For Dummies (Wiley), Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies (Wiley), Why Can’t I Get What I Want? (Davies-Black), Why Can’t I Be the Parent I Want to Be? (New Harbinger Publications), and Hollow Kids (Prima).

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