Light Box: Effective Household Remedy for Winter Depression

In line with the upcoming winter season, colder weather, runny noses and rainy days might cause Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that affects approximately 3 million British every year.

The so called `Winter Blues' comes with symptoms such as feeling tired and sick, having a lack of motivation even for daily tasks and increased appetite. Those affected further prefer to stay inside as much as possible.

The graphic designer and SAD diseased, Stewart Bremner, explains: "When last winter arrived, I could feel that the person I had worked so hard to become was crumbling. I was losing a grip. Because I was more tuned in to how I was reacting to situations, I could feel myself retreating. I decided, 'I'm not going to let this happen anymore'".

The suffering worker decided to research on treatment methods of his contemporary depression and discovered the light box, giving extensive night of 10,000 lux.

Bremner used the advice every day circa 10 minutes in the morning hours. He points out: "I felt quite energized. It was partly to do with my life circumstances, but even so, in other years I don't think I would have behaved the same way."

Although the positive effects of light therapy might take a couple of weeks to reach the patient, research reveals that SAD is brought about by deprivation of light. Medical experts suggest: "If the symptoms are relatively mild there's no need to go to the doctor, you can just buy a light box off the shelf". Nevertheless, in case of a severe depression, patients should seek medical care and might get prescriptions for anti-depressants.