Although the radio might be telling you that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, for many of us, it’s the exact opposite. Now is the time when some of us are hit by seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD affects many people, triggering chronic depressive feelings brought on by the short days, lack of sun, and inability to enjoy outdoor activities.
SAD Is Biochemical
One important thing to remember about SAD is that it’s a biochemical disorder in the brain. A 2014 study showed that people with SAD had a seasonal asymmetry in the way their body handles serotonin. People with this disorder have higher levels of serotonin transporter, and therefore tend to eliminate serotonin more aggressively in the winter than in the summer.
This creates a serotonin deficiency that could at least partly account for many of the symptoms of SAD, such as low mood, difficulty sleeping, and loss of interest.
NuCalm Could Influence SAD
With the understanding that SAD is at least partly caused by a serotonin imbalance, we can see how NuCalm could help. Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) is one of the four components of NuCalm. It uses a gentle electric current to stimulate the brain. Among other effects, this leads to increased release and metabolism of neurotransmitters, including serotonin.
At the same time, regular NuCalm sessions could help the body maintain its biochemical routine and keep its circadian clock in check, rather than let it get thrown off by the external signal of reduced daylight. In particular combining NuCalm with good sleep hygiene can help people maintain regular sleep schedules, despite the long nights and short days. This could not only combat insomnia or fatigue but also improve overall mood.
These benefits for the treatment of depression are additional to those documented in the recently published study on NuCalm.
An Ideal Adjunctive Treatment
If you feel like SAD is seriously impairing your ability to live normally during winter months, it’s important to address this problem with your doctor or psychologist. They will provide you with the necessary treatments to combat the problem.
However, there’s no reason why you can’t also try NuCalm. In fact, NuCalm is an ideal adjunctive treatment: it can support whatever therapy your doctor or psychologist recommends. NuCalm will not interact or interfere with any medications you are taking because it is completely natural and drug-free. NuCalm is a gentle nudge to your nervous system, it has no known serious side effects or interactions.
The lack of side effects and risks makes NuCalm an ideal treatment if you are bothered by SAD, but don’t feel that you need medical help. NuCalm can help you restore the balance in your life and in your mood, so that you can enjoy life year-round, and not just in the summer.