SSM Health Medical Minute: Combatting the symptoms of seasonal affective dysfunction

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SSM Health Medical Minute: Combatting the symptoms of seasonal affective dysfunction


>> AS COLDER WEATHER SETTLES IN, SO DOES THE OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD CONDITION KNOWN AS SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER OR SAD. IN TONIGHT'S SSM HEALTH MEDICAL MINUTE, A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR WEIGHS IN ON THIS WINTER BLUES PHENOMENON WITH.

NEWS ELEVEN'S LAURA SIMON. >> SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER TYPICALLY HAPPENS WHEN THE DAYS GET SHORTER AND THE WEATHER GETS COLDER. PEOPLE ARE SPENDING LESS TIME OUTDOORS AND THERE'S LESS NATURAL SUNLIGHT. THE THOUGHT IS THAT.

>> THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION HAPPENS BECAUSE THEY'RE HAVING A A LOWERING OF THEIR SEROTONIN. >> AND THEIR BRAIN SADNESS, IRRITABILITY, ANXIETY AND TROUBLE SLEEPING ARE WARNING SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR IF IT REACHES THAT LEVEL OF.

CRITICISM. WHAT WE'RE WHAT WE'RE REALLY LOOKING FOR IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS SEEN THINGS THAT THEY WOULD NORMALLY DO, THAT THEY'RE NOT DOING SO THINGS THAT WOULD INTERRUPT. >> THEIR ABILITY TO TO MAINTAIN A MAINTAIN WORK, MAINTAIN THEIR HOUSEHOLD,.

SOMETHING THAT INTERRUPTS THEIR LIVE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR PAUL NAMES HIGHLY RECOMMEND EXERCISE, A HEALTHY DIET AND LIGHT THERAPY. WHAT THEY FIND IS THAT JUST HAVING THAT LIGHT IN YOUR FACE AND THAT'S THE THING. WHEN YOU GET THE LIGHT THERAPY, YOU GET THE.

LITTLE LIGHT BOX AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE IT IN YOUR FACE. >> AND JUST HAVING THAT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR OR 2 EVERY DAY

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