Fall's the Best Time to Prepare for Winter Seasonal Depression
As fall finally kicks off, take steps to keep you happy in cooler climes
Fall is the best time for those who suffer from winter seasonal affective disorder (SAD) to check in and prepare.
Susceptible people — an estimated 5 percent of Americans — already are feeling the effects of winter SAD: lower moods, lethargy and excessive sleep, despite the sweltering global heat records of summer and this early fall.
"The good news is you're dealing with a predictable phenomenon," said Norman Rosenthal, a psychiatrist at Georgetown University School of Medicine who first described SAD. "The bad news is it is not always as predictable as you'd like."
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