Are You Suffering From Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

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Season Affective Disorder In The Pacific Northwest in Vancouver, WA, Camas, WA, and Portland OR

Unpacking Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Ever wondered what exactly Seasonal Affective Disorder is? This form of depression tends to rear its head during specific seasons, usually fall and winter. It’s not just a case of feeling a little down due to the weather change; SAD can significantly impact how individuals think, feel, and function in their daily lives. From shifts in sleep patterns to changes in appetite and energy levels, SAD casts a wide net on one’s overall well-being. This disorder is very common the Pacific Northwest, including in Vancouver and Camas.

How Far Does SAD Reach?

The prevalence of SAD might surprise you, impacting millions of Americans each year. While it can touch people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, older adults often find themselves more susceptible to its grasp.

Symptoms of SAD include:

  • Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Experiencing changes in appetite or weight
  • Having problems with sleep
  • Feeling sluggish or agitated
  • Having low energy
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide

Can HBOT be a Beacon of Hope for SAD?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) stands as an effective approach for addressing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This non-invasive treatment entails inhaling 100% pure oxygen within a pressurized chamber. Numerous individuals have reported positive outcomes, ranging from alleviating traumatic brain injuries to mitigating symptoms of depression. HBOT serves as a natural remedy for managing this seasonal mood disorder.

What Does Adding Infrared Light To The Mix Achieve?

The integration of light therapy into hyperbaric oxygen therapy further enhances relief. Also known as photobiomodulation, light therapy provides a non-intrusive and painless means of treating SAD. By employing near-infrared red and blue light waves, light therapy channels healing energy into the body. This approach may induce a chemical change in the brain, potentially elevating mood and diminishing symptoms associated with SAD.

At Total Osteopaythic Medicne, we offer light therapy as a complimentary service when utilized within our hyperbaric chambers.
Dr. Benjamin Stumpf combines HBOT with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) in a unique approach to tackling SAD. But how does HBOT specifically contribute to alleviating SAD symptoms? This therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room, and research suggests it may positively affect mood disorders like SAD. By improving oxygen delivery to tissues and enhancing neurotransmitter function, HBOT shows promise in alleviating the symptoms associated with seasonal depression.

Where Can You Find Hope for SAD?

Total Osteopathic Medicine, led by Dr. Stumpf, stands as a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of SAD. With a personalized and natural approach, the clinic is committed to helping older adults find relief and regain their zest for life, even during the gloomier months.

Are Natural Therapies the Key to Combat SAD?

Wondering if natural approaches could be the key to combating SAD? Total Osteopathic Medicine offers a Winter Wellness Package, combining the therapeutic benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) with the soothing effects of Infrared Therapy, and the rejuvenating power of Vitamin D and B12 injections. This natural trio aims not only to address the symptoms of SAD but also to boost overall vitality during the colder months.

Ready to Unlock Wellness? More than Just Treatment

Considering taking the first step towards a brighter season? Total Osteopathic Medicine’s commitment to your well-being goes beyond conventional approaches. Dr. Stumpf is excited to announce a specialized Fall/Winter Wellness Package designed to combat the winter blues comprehensively. Don’t let the winter blues dampen your spirits—seek natural care and embrace the warmth of well-being at Total Osteopathic Medicine.


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