Winter Blues, First Edition: Seasonal Affective Disorder: What It Is and How to Overcome It

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Updated and expanded with the very latest information, this guide is a veritable survival kit for anyone who suffers from the winter blues. The book includes a self-test to help you evaluate your own level of SAD; revised chapters on antidepressant medications, light therapy, St. John's wort, and a helpful nutritional regimen; step-by-step guidance on coping with SAD all year round; resources for SAD sufferers; and much more.

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Updated and expanded with the very latest information, this guide is a veritable survival kit for anyone who suffers from the winter blues. The book includes a self-test to help you evaluate your own level of SAD; revised chapters on antidepressant medications, light therapy, St. John's wort, and a helpful nutritional regimen; step-by-step guidance on coping with SAD all year round; resources for SAD sufferers; and much more.

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Reviewer: Michael A. Young, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is a wide-ranging survey of seasonal affective disorder (SAD): history of the field, biology, psychology, causes, treatments, its impact on the arts, etc. It should replace Rosenthal's popular book, Seasons of the Mind.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview on SAD and give direction to people in seeking treatment or, in some cases, treating themselves. It succeeds at this, although its virtues of breadth and brevity are also a weakness in that by trying to do everything, it sometimes seems a little scattered and some sections seem cursory.
Audience: It is intended for, and appropriate for, the intelligent lay person. It could be useful as an introduction for the professional, but it is not really scientifically detailed and rigorous as a primary source.
Features: There are no illustrations but they are not missed. The index is very useful. The case descriptions and references are good.
Assessment: This is probably the best book on SAD available for the lay person. It is very well written; the case histories read (intentionally, I am sure) like short stories. Like many such books, its conclusions are based on a combination of research findings, clinical impressions, and personal opinions. On the other hand, little sections on the history of seasonal time and how to decide whether to take medication or how to choose a therapist show much down-to-earth wisdom.
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Reviewer: Michael A. Young, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is a wide-ranging survey of seasonal affective disorder (SAD): history of the field, biology, psychology, causes, treatments, its impact on the arts, etc. It should replace Rosenthal's popular book, Seasons of the Mind.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview on SAD and give direction to people in seeking treatment or, in some cases, treating themselves. It succeeds at this, although its virtues of breadth and brevity are also a weakness in that by trying to do everything, it sometimes seems a little scattered and some sections seem cursory.
Audience: It is intended for, and appropriate for, the intelligent lay person. It could be useful as an introduction for the professional, but it is not really scientifically detailed and rigorous as a primary source.
Features: There are no illustrations but they are not missed. The index is very useful. The case descriptions and references are good.
Assessment: This is probably the best book on SAD available for the lay person. It is very well written; the case histories read (intentionally, I am sure) like short stories. Like many such books, its conclusions are based on a combination of research findings, clinical impressions, and personal opinions. On the other hand, little sections on the history of seasonal time and how to decide whether to take medication or how to choose a therapist show much down-to-earth wisdom.
Michael A. Young
This book is a wide-ranging survey of seasonal affective disorder (SAD): history of the field, biology, psychology, causes, treatments, its impact on the arts, etc. It should replace Rosenthal's popular book, Seasons of the Mind. The purpose is to provide an overview on SAD and give direction to people in seeking treatment or, in some cases, treating themselves. It succeeds at this, although its virtues of breadth and brevity are also a weakness in that by trying to do everything, it sometimes seems a little scattered and some sections seem cursory. It is intended for, and appropriate for, the intelligent lay person. It could be useful as an introduction for the professional, but it is not really scientifically detailed and rigorous as a primary source. There are no illustrations but they are not missed. The index is very useful. The case descriptions and references are good. This is probably the best book on SAD available for the lay person. It is very well written; the case histories read (intentionally, I am sure) like short stories. Like many such books, its conclusions are based on a combination of research findings, clinical impressions, and personal opinions. On the other hand, little sections on the history of seasonal time and how to decide whether to take medication or how to choose a therapist show much down-to-earth wisdom.
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A revision of the work originally published in 1989 under the title Seasons of the Mind. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898621495
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Edition description: Rev. & updated ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Discovering SAD 3
2 All About SAD 17
3 How Seasonal Are You? 37
4 The Causes and Symptoms of SAD 47
5 SAD in Children and Adolescents 76
6 "Summer SAD" and Other Seasonal Afflictions 89
7 Light Therapy 105
8 Beyond Light Therapy: Other Ways to Help Yourself 144
9 Psychotherapy and SAD 169
10 Antidepressant Medications, Herbs, and Vitamins 179
11 A Step-by-Step Guide Through the Revolving Year 205
12 "How Can I Help?": Advice for Family and Friends 227
13 Research on SAD and Light Therapy 232
14 A Brief History of Seasonal Time 267
15 Polar Tales 272
16 SAD Through the Ages 276
17 Creating with the Seasons 287
18 Words for All Seasons 296
19 Winter Light: Life Beyond SAD 306
Where to Get Further Help for Seasonal Problems 321
Dietary Advice, Menus, and Recipes 325
Further Reading 335
App.: Self-Assessment Mood Scale for SAD (SAM SAD) 341
Index 345
About the Author 355
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