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Posted by: Anon | 2011-04-26

Melatonin for SAD

Hi CS I suffer from the winter blues. Does melatonin really work.? I have taken it before, and maybe it''s just my frame of mind but I dont find real benefit from it. Is there anything else that will help me through this. Thank you in advance

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Its not at all clear whether melatonin "really works" in winter blues / Seasonal Affective Disorder, though maybe you could google these terms and see what evidence might be out there. Also search for ( I don't know about the availability of the gadgets in SA ) Light Therapy, as there IS reasonable evidence that exposure to some types of bright light can relieve S.A.D. Meanwhile, when there is sunlight ( and its all about light, which affects our poduction of melatonin ) make sure you get out into the sunlight for some hours in the bright winter days

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2011-04-27

Its not at all clear whether melatonin "really works" in winter blues / Seasonal Affective Disorder, though maybe you could google these terms and see what evidence might be out there. Also search for ( I don't know about the availability of the gadgets in SA ) Light Therapy, as there IS reasonable evidence that exposure to some types of bright light can relieve S.A.D. Meanwhile, when there is sunlight ( and its all about light, which affects our poduction of melatonin ) make sure you get out into the sunlight for some hours in the bright winter days

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