According to the Mayo Clinic Staff, there are medications that can help one get over the hump of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the dark, grey, dreary months of late fall and throughout the winter. At times, antidepressants are prescribed, such as Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Prozac/Sarafem (fluoxetine) or Effexor (venlafaxine).
On other occasions, an extended-release version of what is known at Wellbutrin XL (bupropion) may be prescribed for those individuals with a history of SAD in order to prevent them from having any depressive episodes.
The medications could possibly be prescribed before the actual time period before symptoms begin each year and may continue a short time thereafter in order to ensure that the individual does not suffer at all. These may just be precautionary measures or the result of what has been determined in the past.
The reason for these precautionary measures is that it can take several weeks for the meds to kick into high gear thus the full benefits will not occur until that time frame. So, beginning early and keeping the person on the meds a bit longer will prevent the depression that could take over otherwise.
Sometimes it takes a while before the doctor can prescribe the correct combination or dosage for the person with SAD as well. Each med affects individuals differently, so help the senior in your care to not feel as though nothing will help them. Be encouraging and show them that With Age Comes Respect!