Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Norman E. Rosenthal | Go to book overview

NINE

Psychotherapy and SAD

For many people with seasonal difficulties psychotherapy may be helpful, but it is by no means universally necessary. How do you decide when to seek therapy?

Having made the decision to enter therapy, what sort should you seek? There are various types of therapy. Which is likely to work best? And how do you find and choose a therapist—someone in whom you can put your trust? You generally tell your therapist your deepest and most private thoughts. How do you know whether you can trust him or her to treat these precious thoughts and feelings with respect? How do you know whether he or she is competent, will understand your problem, and know the appropriate thing to say or do about it?

Once in therapy, how do you manage to integrate psychotherapy with light therapy or antidepressant medications? How do you know whether the therapy is working? All these are difficult questions, yet they are often foremost in the minds of those in search of psychological help.


When Should You Consider Entering Therapy?

Suppose you suffer from winter depressions. You seek out a therapist qualified to treat you with light therapy or antidepressant medications

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