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Seasonal Affective Disorder

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A study just came out citing North Dakota as the happiest state.

But, the shorter days and longer nights associated with this time of year can cause mental stress for some.

Benjamin Smith reports.

Winter weather can cause problems with school closures, snow removal, and getting to and from work. But it can also effect peoples moods.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition that has a cyclical component to it.

A lot of times it begins in the fall and a person starts to feel like their mood is sliding down and it can feel like depression.

And during these winter months, the longer nights and shorter days can cause problems.

If we were working full time outside, September through May in this arctic climate, we would not be getting enough sunlight to convert to vitamin D.

Which can cause fatigue, loss of appetite, and a since of depression.

So what can be done to avoid this disorder?

There is things that we can control like exercise and eating right and moving.

Because of the frigid temperatures outside, people will flock to their local gym to get their blood moving.

Typically we see the influx in October, November as soon as that temperature starts to dip and the sunshine starts to be lacking we will see that influx of people.

We spoke to several gym members about how they keep active.

I'm pretty much all year around, although in the summer I tend to be outside more biking and swimming.

But I teach yoga, I have a business of my own, and I walk, it doesn't matter how cold it is.

Weather inside or outside, it is important to keep active to keep those winter blues at bay.

Even just 10 minutes of physical activity can get those feel good hormones out and make you feel better and give that instant mood lift.

Benjamin Smith KXnews

Seasonal Affective Disorder affects up to 15 million Americans, the majority of which are women.

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