Week 1 of Using an SAD Lamp

I mentioned in my previous post that I have recently bought a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lamp and I thought I would give you a short update. My first impressions of using the lamp are very positive. I have noticed for many years that my depression seemed to get worse in the autumn; the fun and festivity of Christmas is all that gets me through the winter months. The limited sunlight at this time of year has a similar effect on many people, some of whom don’t experience depression at any other type of the year. SAD lamps emit a light similar to sunlight — and without UV light, so there are no harmful effects.

An SAD lamp is not a miracle cure. You will not instantly feel sunny and ready to take on the world. However, it can take the edge off your low mood and a lot of people describe feeling as though a light has been switched back on in their minds: they experience a gleam of hope after a period of having no hope. I have experienced a modest effect of this kind. I have more motivation now, so I am able to do simple things which were difficult a week ago. Today, for example, I used my exercise bike — which has a knock-on effect, further improving my mood.

The verdict so far:

I feel happier and more hopeful. My mood is still low, but I am more equipped to cope. So far, it’s £30 well spent!

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