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Seasonal Affective Disorder

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With the holidays just around the corner it’s not uncommon for people to feel a little bit down. This is known as seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D.

This condition is especially hard for people living in the North East where the days become shorter, the weather gets colder and the extra stress of the holidays all happens at once.

Doctor Tanmoy Mukherjee says that symptoms of S.A.D. are linked to unhealthy sleeping patterns and not being exposed to as much daylight in winter.

“We’re mammals and there’s mammals that hibernate, we’re very sensitive to the amount of daylight that’s available. Certainly changes in behavior can correlate to the amount of daylight that you receive,” he said.

S.A.D affects about 5-10% of Americans and Mukherjee suggests getting a “light box” which can help increase the amount of light that you are exposed to and at the same time increase your mood. These items are costly at about $400 a pop, but Mukherjee says that a less expensive option is simply turning on all the lights in your house.

Other tips for keeping your cool this holiday season is trying to get outside as much as possible and getting vitamin D. Also, exercise and being with loved ones tends to help as well.


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