Light Therapy Is a Real Thing, and It Can Help Treat Seasonal Depression—Here's What to Know Before You Try It at Home
Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, is a seasonal depression or winter depression that affects about 5 percent of the adult population in the United States, according to the American Psychiatric Association. A subset of those who struggle with SAD actually experience it in the summer or spring, which may seem counterintuitive, but it's absolutely possible. "SAD is more than just 'winter blues,'" the APA notes. "The symptoms can be distressing and overwhelming and can interfere with daily functioning."
Seasonal affective disorder can be treated with light therapy, however, which can be done right in the comfort of your own home. So here's what you need to know about light therapy and if it's right for you.