Seasonal Affective Disorder Specialist Mooresville NC

Longer hours of darkness can disrupt your circadian rhythms (your body clock) and cause the body to produce too much melatonin (the hormone that increases with darkness and during sleep), making it harder to get out of bed in the morning. Deficiencies in serotonin (a neurotransmitter often diminished in other kinds of depression) may also accompany longer hours of darkness.

Tracy Thompson LaTz
(704) 662-3200
116 S Main St
Mooresville, NC
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Camilla Rogers
(704) 799-9804
109 Professional Park Dr
Mooresville, NC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Virginia
Credentialed Since: 1983-06-23

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Stephen M. Moyer
(704) 663-3600
116 S. Main Street
Mooresville, NC
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U NC, Greensboro
Credentialed Since: 1980-05-12

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Robert J. Anderson
(704) 892-5788
Solutions by the Lake
Davidson, NC
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Credentialed Since: 1996-03-29

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Cads Child and Adolescent Day Support
(704) 992-2285
12125 Herbert Wayne CT
Huntersville, NC
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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New River Behavioral Healthcare
(704) 660-1020
610 E Center Ave Ste 2
Mooresville, NC
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Turning Point Homes
(704) 660-6854
201 N Church St
Mooresville, NC
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Anderson Bob Phd Pc
(704) 892-5788
710 Northeast Dr
Davidson, NC
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Faye E. Sultan
(704) 547-1483
504 Northwest Drive
Davidson, NC
Services
Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Couples Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Georgia
Credentialed Since: 2000-04-10

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Gary L. Patrick
(704) 483-9469
7767 Live Oaks Dr
Denver, NC
Services
Career Assessment and Counseling, Health Services Consultation to Business or Organizations
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
German
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Tennessee
Credentialed Since: 1983-01-13

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

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By James S. Gordon, MD

Q. I can barely get out of bed on winter mornings. What’s wrong with me?

A. It sounds like you have seasonal affective disorder (appropriately abbreviatedas “SAD”). The diagnosis requires that symptoms, which may include feelings of depression, hopelessness, loss of energy, anxiety, sleeplessness, difficulty concentrating, and carbohydrate cravings, be present for two winters. These begin as the days grow shorter in late fall or early winter and lift with the longer, more light-filled days of spring and summer.

Why only in winter? Longer hours of darkness can disrupt your circadian rhythms (your body clock) and cause the body to produce too much melatonin (the hormone that increases with darkness and during sleep), making it harder to get out of bed in the morning. Deficiencies in serotonin (a neurotransmitter often diminished in other kinds of depression) may also accompany longer hours of darkness. Thankfully, researchers have discovered effective, natural therapies that directly address the lack of light and its consequences that precipitate SAD.

The best-researched therapy is the “light box”—a source of full-spectrum light like the sun. The standard dose is 10,000 lux of light for 30 minutes daily (from late fall to early spring). Simply sit in front of—but don’t look at—the box. In clinical trials, the light box has proven more effective than antidepressant drugs for SAD and has no negative side effects. Check out Apollo Health, The SunBox Company, or Full Spectrum Solutions for reliable light boxes.

Taking the sunshine vitamin, aka vitamin D, may work for you. During winter, our levels of D, produced by sunlight acting on the skin, decrease significantly. In some people, this deficiency may produce SAD symptoms. Taking 2,000 to 3,000 IU of D daily for three to six months may make a significant difference in your mood. Get your D levels checked with a blood test before you begin (to see if they are indeed low), and make sure you take D3, ergocalciferol—the active, nontoxic form.

For the most effective and enduring results year-round, lay off or cut down on sugar and meat, and add plenty of whole foods and fiber to your diet. Eat whole grains, fruit, nuts, and omega-3–rich fish (sardines are particularly good for depression), and include fresh, organic fruits and veggies with every meal. I also recommend a high-dose multivitamin and mineral supplement that includes the B vitamins. The Bs, which may be low in people who suffer from depression, help protect against stress. Include at least 800 mcg of folic acid and 200 mcg each of selenium and chromium, which may also be depleted in people with depression. Add to this regimen 1,000 mg two times a day of vitamin C and 3,000 mg per day of omega-3 fish oil, divided in two doses.

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Author: James S. Gordon, MD

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