Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Guilford Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Self-Help - 353 pages
In this enduring bestseller, Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal provides empowering information and guidance for the millions who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Over 100,000 readers have learned science-based ways to boost their energy and overcome low moods and problems with sleep, concentration, and food cravings -- even during the darkest winter days. Dr. Rosenthal helps readers map out their own seasonal patterns, get the most out of light boxes and other effective self-help options, and make informed decisions about antidepressants and psychotherapy. Updated throughout, the fourth edition features a compelling new chapter on meditation and is designed to be even more user friendly, with chapter-opening questions, engaging boxes and bulleted lists, and downloadable worksheets.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part ISeasonal Syndromes
7
ONEDiscovering SAD
9
TWOAll about SAD
21
THREEHow Seasonal Are You?
51
FOURWhat Causes SAD?
62
FIVESAD in Children and Adolescents
84
SIXSummer SAD and Other Seasonal Afflictions
99
Part IIICelebrating the Seasons
281
FOURTEENA Brief History of Seasonal Time
283
FIFTEENPolar Tales
289
SIXTEENCreating with the Seasons
293
Life beyond SAD
303
Part IVResources
317
Websites of Interest
319
Where to Obtain Light Fixtures and Other Devices
320

Part IITreatments
117
SEVENLight Therapy
119
Other Ways to Help Yourself
171
NINEPsychotherapy and SAD
194
TENAntidepressant Medications
214
ELEVENMeditation for SAD
229
TWELVEA StepbyStep Guide through the Revolving Year
253
Advice for Family and Friends
275
Support Groups
322
Further Reading
324
APPENDIX ADaily Mood Log
327
APPENDIX BCore Belief Worksheet
329
Acknowledgments
331
Index
333
About the Author
353
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Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, is internationally recognized for his pioneering contributions to understanding SAD and using light therapy to treat it. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School, a therapist in private practice, and the author of six other books, including Winter Blues Survival Guide, the New York Times bestseller Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation, and The Gift of Adversity. Dr. Rosenthal conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health for over 20 years and is a highly cited researcher.

 

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