Wintertime can be a challenging time for some people, as the shortened days and colder weather can trigger symptoms of depression such as sleep loss and lack of motivation. That’s because daylight is essential to maintaining proper levels of serotonin, a neurochemical linked to happiness. And we believe that this dynamic is the primary cause of fall-onset Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in our patients.

One of the treatments many of our mental health professionals like Dr. Pace, Chief of Psychiatry at our Alaska medical center recommends is light therapy. It starts with one 10-to-15-minute session per day (usually in the morning), and gradually increases to 30-45 minutes per day. Additional options include aerobic exercise, balanced diets and, in some cases, medication.

Through these and other remedies, our mental health professionals are increasing serotonin levels in patients to help them live happier, healthier lives. It’s the kind of work that’s advancing Veterans’ care throughout the country. And if you share our commitment to their well-being, we invite you to join us.

Explore our mental health opportunities or the many other positions we have available, and pursue a career with us today. Or, consider volunteering at one of our facilities this holiday season.

 

 

 

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Published on Dec. 1, 2016

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