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Lack Of Winter Light Triggers Sadness

Now that daylight saving time has ended, most of us are going to work and returning home in darkness. And for some people, the loss of light causes their moods to dim as well. As much as 10 percent of the population may suffer from winter depression – Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD – according to the Academy of Family Practice. And as many as 25 percent feel the “winter blahs,” a condition of less severity, but with many of SAD’s symptoms. Think of a scale from one to 10. At one to four, a person may feel blue, having lost the joy he or she normally experiences. From five to eight, the person is likely in full-blown SAD. At nine to 10, a crisis may occur; people can become so depressed they consider suicide/Linda Higley, Special to SR. More here.

Question: At what point during the winter do you start experiencing cabin fever?

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