It is not unusual to have worsening depression at certain times of the year, most commonly in the winter. I sometimes wonder if the fact that my daughter was born in the late fall was one more contributing factor to my mood disorder.
Fortunately, there are a few lifestyle changes that can help combat this worsening of mood. Getting regular exercise is very helpful. Exposure to morning light is recommended as well. If you were previously recovering well and are experiencing a seasonal-related relapse, see your healthcare provider as soon as possible to fine-tune your treatment.
Daily exposure to a specific kind of artificial light, which is known as “bright light therapy,” has been shown to help some women with postpartum and antenatal depression. Talk to your healthcare provider about the possibility of using a light box if this therapy option is something you would like to try.
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