Making It Through the Holidays

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Making It Through the Holidays

If you’re prone to seasonal depression during this time of year, please know you’re not alone. There’s an actual name for this ailment – Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD – and it affects about ten million American adults. It’s linked to diminished sunlight during the winter months and is more common the farther north you live. It’s also four times more common in women. The good news is that it usually decreases with age (and as the days get longer again each year). In the meantime, there are some things you can do to help fight the symptoms of SAD. Use a light box that gives off full-spectrum light; the intensity varies depending on how far away you sit from it. They’re relatively inexpensive and you can order one on the Internet. Another way to treat SAD is to talk to your healthcare provider about counseling or using an antidepressant. They might even be able to tell you about things like 24/7 support lines or support groups as well.  Keep in mind that every health plan offered through Your Health Idaho includes coverage for mental health services. So, check into what mental health benefits and services your plan offers. And remember, the days start getting longer again after the winter solstice on December 21, 2021. It’s just around the corner!

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