While some people love holiday gatherings, shopping and special occasions, others find the shorter darker days depressing.
Patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) tend to feel depressed when there are fewer hours of sunlight. Stress only makes them feel worse.
SAD symptoms include:
• Sleeping more
• Feeling tired
• No interest in your hobbies
• Difficulty concentrating
• Eating too much, especially carbohydrates
• Sense of humor is gone
• Suicidal thoughts
From late September until April, patients report sadness, especially in the darkest months.
Specially designed bright lights, behavior therapy, anti-depressants and acupuncture can reduce symptoms.
Chinese medicine believes the underlying cause is an imbalance of Yin and Yang as well as the liver, spleen, heart and kidney.
Qi, pronounced chi, is your body’s natural vital energy. Acupuncture can regulate Qi and blood flow, harmonize internal organs and balance the Yin and Yang so you don’t feel as depressed.
Managing stress can also help:
• Make time for fun
• Say no more often
• Get enough sleep
• Eat less sugar
• Exercise regularly
• Learn healthy breathing techniques
Robert W. Ferguson, D.C., F.I.A.M.A., state-licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, sees patients at 2250 W. 86th Street, Ste. 100, on the north side of Indianapolis by Le Peep restaurant. Just look for the orange sign.
Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Acupuncture now accepts Healthy Indiana Plan for chiropractic services, and most insurance for chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.