Beat the blues: combat seasonal affective disorder

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-As the days get colder and drearier, seasonal depression can start to kick in. 

Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder, is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. 1% to 3% of those with diagnosed depression are also diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder. 

Doctors recommend combating seasonal depression by getting outside as much as possible, exercising, and meeting up with friends. 

According to a poll from the American Psychiatry Association, nearly 40% of Americans say their mood declines in winter. Luckily, Kentucky is not one of the states with the most instances of seasonal depression. 

“Parts of the country like Seattle which don’t get much sunlight because of the rain also have higher rates of depression and seasonal depression so there really seems to be a link between depression and lack of sunlight like we’re seeing now,” said UK Director of Clinical Training for the Psychology Department Michelle Martel, Ph.D.

You can also invest in a sun lamp,which is easy to order on Amazon, or take vitamin D supplements.