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In this enduring bestseller, Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal provides empowering information and guidance for the millions who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Over 100,000 readers have learned science-based ways to boost their energy and overcome low moods and problems with sleep, concentration, and food cravings even during the darkest winter days. Dr. Rosenthal helps readers map out their own seasonal patterns, get the most out of light boxes and other effective self-help options, and make informed decisions about antidepressants and psychotherapy. Updated throughout, the fourth edition features a compelling new chapter on meditation and is designed to be even more user friendly, with chapter-opening questions, engaging boxes and bulleted lists, and downloadable worksheets.
Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, is internationally recognized for his pioneering contributions to understanding SAD and using light therapy to treat it. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School, a therapist in private practice, and the author of five books, including Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation. Dr. Rosenthal conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health for over 20 years.
Table of Contents
Introduction I. Seasonal Syndromes 1. Discovering SAD 2. All about SAD 3. How Seasonal Are You? 4. What Causes SAD? 5. SAD in Children and Adolescents 6. \u0022Summer SAD\u0022 and Other Seasonal Afflictions II. Treatments 7. Light Therapy 8. Beyond Light Therapy: Other Ways to Help Yourself 9. Psychotherapy and SAD 10. Antidepressant Medications 11. Meditation for SAD 12. A Step-by-Step Guide through the Revolving Year 13. \u0022How Can I Help?\u0022: Advice for Family and Friends III. Celebrating the Seasons 14. A Brief History of Seasonal Time 15. Polar Tales 16. Creating with the Seasons 17. Winter Light: Life beyond SAD IV. Resources Websites of Interest Where to Obtain Light Fixtures and Other Devices Support Groups Further Reading Appendix A. Daily Mood Log Appendix B. Core Belief Worksheet