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Winter Blues Resources

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The following resources offer support for overcoming seasonal mood difficulties, as well as guidance on exercise and sleep.

CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL THERAPEUTICS
www.cet.org
CET offers free and confidential self-assessment tools that can help you distinguish mild winter blues from more serious conditions, as well as information on product selection and answers to FAQs.

CENTER FOR LIGHT TREATMENT AND BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS
Columbia University Department of Psychiatry
www.columbiapsychiatry.org
(212) 543-5714
A world-class center for research and treatment utilizing chrono-therapeutics, light therapy, and other procedures that correct biological rhythms.

WINTER BLUES
Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder
Norman E. Rosenthal, MD
Guilford Press
New York City, 2006
This book explains seasonal depression and what to do about it, with sections on light therapy and lifestyle changes. It also includes recipes for a healthy winter diet and tips for staying active during cold weather.

FEELING GOOD
The New Mood Therapy
David D. Burns, MD
Harper
New York City, 2000
Written by a psychiatrist, this book aims to help readers overcome depression and related conditions — when possible, without medication. It provides an excellent introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, which may help readers overcome the barriers that get in the way of starting and maintaining healthful habits. CBT can be learned and practiced as self-help or with the guidance of a trained psychotherapist.

WHEN PANIC ATTACKS
The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life
David D. Burns, MD
Three Rivers Press
New York City, 2007
This book guides readers through cognitive behavioral techniques to deal with anxiety and other related emotional difficulties, such as self-blame and procrastination.

THE ‘I HATE TO EXERCISE’ BOOK FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES
Charlotte Hayes, MMSc, MS, RD, CDE
American Diabetes Association
Alexandria, Virginia, 2006
This book focuses on integrating exercise into everyday life by making activities you already participate in more physically demanding.

THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION: FOOD AND FITNESS
www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness
This section of the ADA’s Web site includes sections on getting motivated to exercise, finding activities you enjoy, and incorporating a fitness routine into your daily schedule.

THE HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL GUIDE TO A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Lawrence J. Epstein, MD, and Steven Mardon
McGraw-Hill
New York City, 2007
Written by the former president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, this book explains how to create a good sleep environment, overcome insomnia, and deal with daytime exhaustion.

NO MORE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
NO MORE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS WORKBOOK
Peter Hauri, PhD, Murray Jarman, and Shirley Linde, PhD
John Wiley & Sons
Hoboken, New Jersey, 2000
This book has been called “a serious encyclopedia of sleep disorders,” with details on the many types of insomnia. The workbook presents a self-help program of questionnaires to determine the causes of sleep problems as well as remedies for those problems.

THE PROMISE OF SLEEP
A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night’s Sleep
William C. Dement, MD, PhD, and Christopher Vaughan
Dell
New York City, 2000
This book, by a sleep research scientist, explains the functions and importance of sleep, how disorders arise, and how to improve your sleep habits and quality.

 

 

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