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Six Things to Know About the Winter Blues

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Posted 12/13/2013

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Is "seasonal affective disorder" for real? Clinical psychologist Dr. Kelly Fairbanks says if you tend to feel down or depressed during the cold days of winter, it's not just your imagination. Less access to sunlight can affect people, causing them to feel sad, depressed or lonely. What should people do about it? Dr. Fairbanks says nothing chases the winter blues away like staying active - both mind and body. Start an exercise routine; start a new hobby; keep in touch with friends and family. When sunny days do come along, take advantage of them. Get as much sun light as possible. Dr. Fairbanks also advises, don't be afraid to ask your doctor for help. In some cases, light therapy can be used to help people overcome their seasonal depression.

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