What’s going around: Seasonal affective disorder

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(WKOW) — The holidays are often pegged as a joyful time, but that’s not the case for everyone.  If you feel a little down this time of year, you’re not alone.

You may be feeling a case of the winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder.

Brittany Cruz, NP from Beloit Area Community Health Center said she’s already seen a lot of patients come into the office with symptoms.  She says it’s common in the Midwest because of the lack of sunlight and therefore Vitamin D the region has in the winter.

Health providers say sometimes symptoms can be so bad, they can be debilitating and hinder your everyday activities, so you need medical attention.

Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder can include the following:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling less social, hibernating
  • Overeating, oversleeping
  • Difficulty enjoying things you usually do

There are some treatment options for seasonal affective disorder available at home including the following:

  • Natural sunlight, when possible
  • Light treatment therapy
  • Self-meditation
  • Exercise

If you’ve tried the above treatment methods, and nothing has helped, it may be time to see a medical professional for medicine to regulate a chemical imbalance.  Your provider would also be able to test that it is a low level of Vitamin D that’s causing the depression and not something else.

Caroline Bach

Caroline Bach

Anchor, Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend

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