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Katrina Christie, M.Ed., LCPC
A feeling comes over us in mid to late autumn, as the remaining leaves drop, the sun sets earlier and the morning frosts cover the ground. Hot cider, football and a cozy sweatshirt might be all you need to face the coming winter, but for many, fall melancholy strengthens to winter depression. Many things, including ions in the air, genetics and brain chemicals seem to be involved in winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD. The main thing most suffers of SAD have in common is that they are sensitive to light, or the lack of it. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. Most people with SAD begin to feel symptoms in the fall and continue into the winter months. As the days get shorter we have less exposure to sunlight, and as a result our brains create more melatonin causing lethargy and symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
When to see a professional?
It is normal to have some days when you feel down, but if you feel down for days at a time and you can not get motivated to do activities you normally enjoy please seek professional help. A doctor or behavioral health specialist will be able to assist you in managing and reducing your symptoms of SAD. First Health Associates is here to help! Please contact the office to schedule an appointment.