Smart Talk: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Scott LaMar, witf | 02.07.14
Central Pennsylvania is just emerging from more than two weeks of extremely cold weather. Mix in snow storms every few days that ranged from a dusting to 10 inches and this winter is probably the worst the region has experienced in the last few years.
The cold and the snow have kept many people indoors more often and for longer periods of time than usual. Even though there's still almost two months of winter left, cabin fever and the feeling of being cooped up is starting to set in.
Some may even have what could be described as the "winter blues." They feel depressed and don't have a lot of energy.
Then there are 18.8 million Americans who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Their symptoms may be even more serious and may not have anything to do with the temperatures or snow but are more influenced by the shorter days of winter and less light.
A recent witf Smart Talk episode examined SAD and the winter blues with Dr. Erika Saunders, Director of the Mood Disorder Program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Listen to the program: