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How moms can fight seasonal affective disorder

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Oct 27, 2017 1:24:32 PM

If the final months of the year get you or one of your family members feeling down, irritable, or low on energy or craving sweet or starchy foods and sleeping more or less than usual, you may experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s common in the winter months. There is not one Alaskan that has not had to deal with at least one side affect of these seasonal blues. 

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Topics: depression, seasonal affective disorder, suicide, winter

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 26, 2014 2:03:00 PM

"Winter is coming." For most people throughout the world, these words are generally associated with George R. R. Martin's famous saga  A Game of Thrones. But for us here in Alaska, the words aren't merely a pop-cultural reference, but instead ring a very real truth: the days are getting noticeably shorter, the nights are increasingly longer and colder, and pretty soon the leaves will begin to fall from their canopies to be blanketed beneath layers of snow. Winter is coming, but that doesn't mean the winter blues have to come with it.

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Topics: seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 4, 2013 2:00:00 PM

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that some people experience during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight. Like most people with SAD, symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, causing mood swings and zapping your energy.

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Topics: Sleep, sleep disorders, seasonal affective disorder, tired

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