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Homeowner's Corner

Holiday Sneer
Why Winter Can Be a Bummer
Most of us rue the end of summer-
sunny days, mild nights, vacations,
the beach, ball games, picnics and
so much more. Although fall and
winter bring holidays, the warmth of
a fireplace and football (actual and
fantasy), for many people, the winter
months mark the return of seasonal
depression.
It's known in medical circles as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of
depression that affects a person during
the same season each year. If you get
depressed in the winter but feel much
better in spring and summer, SAD may
be the culprit. Symptoms typically start
in September or October and end in
April or May.
Experts are not sure what causes
SAD, but they suspect a lack of sunlight,
which may upset your sleep patterns. It
also may cause problems with a brain
chemical called serotonin that affects
mood. Symptoms may include feeling
sad, moody and/or anxious; losing
interest in your usual activities; eating

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more and craving carbohydrates, such
as breads and pasta; gaining weight, and
sleeping more and feeling drowsy during the daytime.
TREATMENTS
Doctors often prescribe light therapy to
treat SAD. There are two types of light
therapy:
n Bright light treatment
For this treatment, you sit in front of a
"light box" for half an hour or longer,
usually in the morning.
n Dawn simulation
For this treatment, a dim light goes on
in the morning while you sleep, and it
gets brighter over time, like a sunrise.
Other treatments can include antidepressants and counseling.
There are many articles online about
SAD-check out Wikipedia and the
Mayo Clinic, or type "season affective
disorder" into your browser.

Are you

SAD?

The following groups are more
prone to seasonal affective
disorder (SAD):
n Women
n People who live in areas where
winter days are very short or
there are significant changes
in the amount of daylight in
different seasons.
n People between the ages of 15
and 55; the risk of SAD declines
as we age.
n People who have a close
relative with SAD. Like many
other ailments, genetics can
play a role.
- Source: WebMD.com



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