Avoiding Depression During Holiday Season 12/3/13
CBS 7 News
December 3, 2013
Midland-The holidays can be a very busy and stressful time of year.
A doctor at Texas Tech University says statistics show an increase in suicides as well as general depression during this time of year.
Doctor Bobby Jain, a Psychiatrist at Texas Tech, says this type of holiday depression is known as, Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Dr. Jain says this type of depression tends to affect people around this time, because the exposure of sunlight tends to decrease.
The exposure of sunlight affects both vitamin D and serotonin, which both have a major influence on our moods, so when we don't get enough exposure to the sun, that's when depression kicks in.
“They have bigger lamps that you can keep by your side when you’re working, cooking, watching TV, so that you expose your skin, and your face, and your body is exposed to that frequency of light," said Dr. Jain.
Dr. Jain says these lamps are known as Sunlight Lamp Therapy Lights, and can be found commercially for under $200-dollars.
He says early morning sunlight is always best to get, and if you do find yourself feeling depressed, the best thing to do is get more sunlight exposure, and get plenty of physical exercise.