There are treatments available that could help reduce the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) this winter, according to one expert.
Sue Pavlovich, the spokesperson for the UK's only charity dedicated to the condition - the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association (SADA), said light therapy can effectively enhance a person's mood, thus stopping them from slipping into depression.
Light boxes could be used in conjunction with dawn simulation to help patients recreate the experience of waking up in the summer, stated Ms Pavlovich.
Cognitive behavioural therapy has proven to be effective, while in some extreme cases a patient can seek medical advice and be prescribed anti-depressant medication, the expert said.
She also advised people to ensure they get enough tryptophan in their diets as this could help boost production of serotonin. The nutrient is found in milk, eggs, fish and chocolate.
SADA states that seven per cent of the UK population are affected by the condition each year.
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Private depression treatment news: 5 November 2011