Health Watch: Seasonal and Holiday depression

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) Dr. Stephen Manlove says, 'Seasonal depression is really the lack of sunlight and full spectrum light. There is a group of people who when they have less exposure to full spectrum light they get less release of hormones like melatonin and they become more depressed.'

Seasonal depression occurs with this time of year with shorter days. But so does Holiday depression that has different triggers

Manlove says, 'It's usually related to people who remember past holidays either good or bad. Both can cause emotional responses. You may remember how good it was at a certain time compared to now or you may remember somebody who you were very involved with who is no longer present.'

How do you handle Holiday depression like the loss of a loved one?

Manlove says, 'Initially remembering them can be useful. Either by yourself or with loved ones who also have that same lose can be. It's a sad experience but I think it's better to have a sad experience than keep it inside of you.'

For those with seasonal depression, Dr. Manlove suggests making a purchase of full spectrum lights that will increase your exposure to light from the moment you want to start your day.

Manlove says, 'The light will go on as soon as you want to wake up so you can set it for 6:00 in the morning and it will slowly get light from 5:30 until 6:00. It is a lot more gentle than an alarm and exposes you to light from the moment you wake up.'