Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Lamps
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to the changes in seasons. For many people who experience SAD, symptoms start in the fall and continue through the winter months. It is normal to have some days when you feel down. If you feel down for days at a time and can't get motivated to do activities that you normally enjoy, you should consult with a Counseling Center counselor. Treatment for SAD may include light therapy, psychotherapy, or psychotherapy and medications. Light therapy is often the first line of treatment for fall-onset SAD. Research on light therapy is limited, but it seems to be effective for many people in relieving SAD symptoms.
Students interested in light therapy can borrow one of the sun lamps from the Counseling Center. We allow students to check-out the lamps for one to two weeks, depending on demand. If all of the lamps are out on loan, we will place you on a waiting list and contact you as soon as a lamp becomes available. If you would like to check on the availability of a lamp, please call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442.