Seasonal Affective Disorder, Or SAD: How To Cope

November 09, 2018 - 4:21 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- This is the season for seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a kind of depression brought on by the lack of daylight.

As the manager of program development at Central DuPage Hospital Behavioral Health, Allison Johnsen sees patients who have trouble coping with the fall and winter.

"Summertime feels so good and they're fine, and then I'll hear from them and I'll say, 'Let's check in in September and see how you're doing.'

"'Fine.'  Come in in another month: Not fine."

Johnsen said if therapeutic light boxes or exercise don’t help, there is medication.

They aren't right for everybody, but she said they are for many people who cannot consistently use a light box or get exercise.

"Kind of a vitamin for your brain chemistry."