Winter weather is linked to a physical disorder

Tis’ the season to be cranky.  And with spring just two weeks away, some people can’t wait.

“Everything is gray, dark and broken,” said Brady Douglas, who get depressed during the winter. “All the leaves are gone, everything is dead. When it’s like that I feel like everything needs to be revived.”

 A revival that won’t likely happen until the weather changes. Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that occurs every fall or winter.

While behavioral experts don’t know the exact cause of S-A-D, they said it’s no coincidence the symptoms flare up during the worst weather.

“It makes me like depressed and tired. It’s hard for me to get out and do anything,” said spring enthusiast, Alicia Lorduy.

 “I’m lazy all the time. I don’t want to do anything.  I don’t take my dog to the park often,” said Douglas.

The cause of S-A-D is unknown but experts said ambient light, body temperature and hormone regulation may be factors.   

“If it was summertime, I would just be happy to go anywhere because you just walk outside and it would be glorious,” said Douglas.

 According to experts, the best medicine is to stay socially and physically active.  If that fails, anti – depressants and talk – therapy are the next line of defense.


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