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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder is a real condition that often requires professional help; however, it can often be addressed with natural methods.
Many people during approximately one half of the year, feel as though the “winter blues” are getting them down. Much research has been done concerning the effects and symptoms that people in certain areas of the planet can feel when there is less and less sunlight throughout the winter months. Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal tells us that we aren’t just imagining these symptoms and effects. It has been studied and documented for decades now and the research tells us that this is a real phenomenon. But, what can be done about it? Are there effective seasonal affective disorder treatments?


One of the most simple treatments for SAD ( seasonal affective disorder ) is “Light Therapy”. This is a non-invasive, non harmful, series of periods sitting near a specially prepared lamp. This use of light as part of a treatment plan has been shown to effectively simulate sunshine, and can stimulate a person in a positive way. Light therapy has been shown in studies to be quite effective. However in reality, the most common treatment for SAD, unfortunately, is a prescription for antidepressants. Antidepressants have also been studied and are now shown to be very ineffective in the long run as a treatment for SAD. Other research has shown that deficiencies in vitamin D from lack of adequate sunlight can also create a detrimental effect, the symptoms of which are similar to, and often diagnosed as, SAD. This is mainly due to the seasonally shorter days and the weather which can be sunless for many days in a row if you live in certain geographic areas.

We address SAD and other conditions with investigative, drug-free, and non-invasive methods.

A person suffering from seasonal affective disorder symptoms can come to Alternative to Meds Center and have the necessary testing done to help isolate the causes for depression, especially if it seems to be seasonally related. Treatments are varied, comfortable and non harmful. Alternative to Meds Center welcomes anyone interested to call 1 (800) 301-3753 for more information on this topic. We are here to serve you as you reach for better treatment solutions for greater health and wellbeing.


This content has been reviewed, and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. John Motl, M.D.

Dr Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine.  Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.

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