The Winter Blues

7. February 2011 00:33

It seems when one family member comes down with a cold, soon after everyone else has one, too. Such is the case in my family where it seems everyone is blowing their nose, coughing, and in a general "funk". This time of year tends to drag, but when we become sick it makes the winter time feel even longer.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or winter blues affects many people who typically function normally throughout the entire year. When the winter time moves in, some people can feel depression, fatigue, hopelessness, gain more weight, or even avoid social contact. While many of us will feel these winter blues from time to time, people who are diagnosed with SAD go for long periods of time feeling this way and even withdraw from normal activity. If you or someone you know is suffering from this illness, contact a doctor.

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