Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU Medicine ; Walk, Talk to Cure Winter Sadness

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU Medicine ; Walk, Talk to Cure Winter Sadness

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With shorter, colder days - not to mention holiday stressors - many people feel a little down this time of year. For about 5 percent of West Virginians, however, the gray days of winter lead to depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.

People with SAD may not say, "I feel terribly depressed, but they may say things like, "I feel like I don't have any energy. Symptoms include less energy, trouble concentrating, fatigue, increased appetite, weight gain and increased desire to be alone.

SAD, also called seasonal depression, results when your internal body clock, which is regulated by sunlight, gets out of sync with the time on the clock.

Light therapy can be an effective treatment to reset your internal clock. Light therapy involves sitting 2 feet away from a full-spectrum bright light, about 20 times brighter than normal room lighting, for 30 to 45 minutes each day. …

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