Winter Affects of ?SAD?
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Jan 29 2014 3:32PM
Now‘s the time of year when many Hoosiers suffer from "Seasonal Affective Disorder." That‘s depression that hits after the first of the year and is associated with the long, cold, dark days of winter.
Indianapolis-based Dr. Greg Sipes says SAD has the same symptoms as general depression...sadness, fatigue, irritability, inability to concentrate, social withdrawal, among others...and is often linked to the lack of light and weight gain.
Sipes says even though winter brings shorter days, he says this winter should result in less seasonal affective disorder. Sipes says data shows that cities that have more snow tend to have fewer incidents of SAD. He says that‘s because snow creates a brighter environment that helps counteract the effects of depression.