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Winter Depression

answered 12:05 PM EST, Tue September 27, 2011
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I've had frequent bouts of depression during the winter months. Are there particular reasons for and strategies against winter depression in particular? I am getting really anxious now that the next winter approaches... I even considered relocating to Florida (sadly, it is impracticable as I am the CEO of a company here in the north).

Dr. Ari Hahn Says...

Dr. Ari Hahn A. Hahn

Yes there is something that is winter depression. It is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is caused by the lack of sunlght, and cure by adding light. You can look for a commercial "Light Box" and sit in front of the light for a few hours a day and avoid the depression.

(And yes, there is less SAD in Florida and more in Alaska.)

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