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Shorter Days Can Bring On Seasonal Affective Disorder


The clocks shifted back early Sunday morning. While you might not notice any physical changes, some will soon feel a psychological impact.

This is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It's a form of depression brought on by less exposure to sunlight throughout fall and winter.

A physician with Aspirus says symptoms are easily noticeable.

"If your mood is changing in a negative way, if you're becoming short tempered, if you're avoiding contact that you normally would have," said Dr. Larry Gordon with Aspirus Weston Clinic.

Possible treatment options can include shining a full-spectrum light on yourself for a half hour each day. In some cases, anti-depressants may be necessary.