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Dec 2, 2009 7:55 PM by John Romero

Winter brings on depression for many

The holiday season is here. For most of us that means presents, family and laughter. But as the weather changes it can turn to severe depression for some. It's called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. "It's a form of depression that often occurs in the winter months. Primarily it pertains to the deprivation of light." explains Dr. Anne Brtek, a clinical psychologist in Colorado Springs.

According to medical experts, the lack of light mixed with cold weather leave up to 20% of the population feeling depressed and helpless. Women in particular are at the highest risk. "Women are four times more prone to get SAD versus men." says Dr. Brtek.

Some warning signs of SAD include fatigue, lack of energy and wanting to be alone. And in an area like Southern Colorado with an already high suicide rate, it can become deadly according to Dr. Brtek. So it's important to get help early before it's too late.

For more information on SAD you can go to the web site for the Mayo Clinic. That website is
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder/DS00195

 

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