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Being mindful of the winter blues

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – It may have warmed up, but the winter season is not over, meaning seasonal depression is still at large. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., occurs during the winter months when the days are shorter and people stay inside more. Symptoms include sadness, irritability, and changes in sleep and appetite.

A few things to help cope with S.A.D. include going outside, exercising, using light therapy, and socializing. 

If left untreated, seasonal affective disorder can become a year-long problem. 

“People should be mindful of seasonal affective disorder because it doesn’t discriminate,” said Siouxland Mental Health Center marketing & fundraising coordinator Morgan Haskell. “It can affect anybody, and even though they say that it is typically fall to spring, your depression can last all year round.”    

According to the American Psychiatric Association, 5% of adults in the U.S. experience seasonal affective disorder.

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