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Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Now that we've passed the winter solstice, some area residents might start to feel more tired than usual this time of year.

Marcus Hurt is a Behavior Health Therapist at Quincy Medical Group. He describes Seasonal Affective Disorder as a form of chronic depression that worsens during the winter months.

"People have an increase in sadness, an increase in depression, sometimes an increase in dread or worry," said Hurt.

Hurt says SAD can affect anybody.

"Seasonal Affective Disorder actually doesn't necessarily deal with one particular age range. But Seasonal Affective Disorder is not actually diagnosable in itself," Hurt explained.

He says the first thing you need to do if you suspect SAD symptoms is to contact your physician.

" They can get something like vitamin D. A lot of times that supplement is something that you're no longer getting by not being out in the sun very frequently. You can also get special multi-spectrum lights. Little lights that will actually sit on your desk or lights that you can put overhead that actually help to give you more of that natural UV type of light that you would get from the sun since you're not going to be outside very often," Hurt said.

Hurt also recommends speaking with someone you trust.

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