Dr Tracy Shaw

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Letter From TP

Dear T.P.

What is often called the winter blues has been confirmed to be Seasonal Affective Disorder. Many people are unaware that a change of the seasons actually does bring about a change in mood for many people who are not clinically depressed. Individuals with Seasonal Affective Disorder can experience seasonal depression and other negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety, hostility and anger. These seasonal changes in mood occur during the winter season than any other season. Studies have shown hat regardless of age or gender of participants, the seasonal changes in mood occurred.

There are a few suggestions that may help you with your Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  1. Begin and maintain nutritious eating habits. Minimize or eliminate the use of sweets, junk food and caffeine.
  2. Use exercise regularly to reduce the signs of irritability and anger.
  3. Learn and regularly practice a relaxation skill (i.e. Deep Breathing exercises three times a day for five minuets at a time).
  4. Form at least one or two quality relationships with people you trust and you can be yourself with. If these suggestions do not assist in reducing your symptoms, it may be important to consult with a psychiatrist in your area.





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